Does the Bible Ever Mention a Fly?

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  1. InTheLight

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    Does the Bible ever mention the word "fly", as in the insect, housefly?

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    If so, what is the word, Hebrew or Greek, used in the text?

    Is this word different from the word for "fly" (the verb)?
     
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    Well, actually, Van, they're first mentioned in Ex. 8:31 in almost all English versions. While the Hebrew could also mean lice, I believe it means flies in this case, due to their rapid spread.
     
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    Yes, a swarm of flying bugs (flies, beetles, wasps or what have you) that either bite or sting seems to be in view. But apparently the possibles do not include bees. :)
     
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    It is my understanding that "Beelzebub" means "Lord of the Flies."
     
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    Interesting, I did not know that.

    Is the word for "fly" in the original language(s) the same word as the word for "fly", as in what a bird does through the air?
     
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    No it is not. My Abbot-Smith Greek lexicon informs me that the possibilities are: from the Hebrew for "lord" and "dung," or from the Hebrew through the Vulgate of 2 Kings 1:2. But the usual interpretation is Ba'al Zevuv from the Hebrew, "Lord of the Flies" (Zondervan Pictorial Dictionary of the Bible, by Merril Tenney, p. 88).
     
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