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Joel 2:4-5

Their appearance is like that of horses,
and they gallop like war horses. They bound on the tops of the mountains.
Their sound is like the sound of chariots,
like the sound of fiery flames consuming stubble,
like a mighty army deployed for war.

Matthew 3:4

John himself had a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.

Mark 1:6

John wore a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey.

Judges 7:12

Now the Midianites, Amalekites, and all the Qedemites had settled down in the valley like a swarm of locusts, and their camels were as innumerable as the sand on the seashore.

Isaiah 33:4

Your spoil will be gathered as locusts are gathered;
people will swarm over it like an infestation of locusts.

Judges 6:5

For the Midianites came with their cattle and their tents like a great swarm of locusts. They and their camels were without number, and they entered the land to waste it.

Jeremiah 46:23

They will cut down her forest—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
though it is dense,
for they are more numerous than locusts;
they cannot be counted.

Jeremiah 51:14

The Lord of Hosts has sworn by Himself:I will fill you up with men as with locusts,
and they will sing the victory song over you.

Nahum 3:15-17

The fire will devour you there;
the sword will cut you down.
It will devour you like the young locust.
Multiply yourselves like the young locust,
multiply like the swarming locust! You have made your merchants
more numerous than the stars of the sky.
The young locust strips the land
and flies away. Your court officials are like the swarming locust,
and your scribes like clouds of locusts,
which settle on the walls on a cold day;
when the sun rises, they take off,
and no one knows where they are.

Revelation 9:3

Then locusts came out of the smoke on to the earth, and power was given to them like the power that scorpions have on the earth.

Amos 7:1

The Lord God showed me this: He was forming a swarm of locusts at the time the spring crop first began to sprout—after the cutting of the king’s hay.

Joel 2:25

I will repay you for the years
that the swarming locust ate,
the young locust, the destroying locust,
and the devouring locust—
My great army that I sent against you.

Proverbs 30:27

locusts have no king,
yet all of them march in ranks;

Deuteronomy 28:38

“You will sow much seed in the field but harvest little, because locusts will devour it.

Amos 4:9

I struck you with blight and mildew;
the locust devoured
your many gardens and vineyards,
your fig trees and olive trees,
yet you did not return to Me.
This is the Lord’s declaration.

Exodus 10:4

But if you refuse to let My people go, then tomorrow I will bring locusts into your territory.

1 Kings 8:37

When there is famine on the earth,
when there is pestilence,
when there is blight, mildew, locust, or grasshopper,
when their enemy besieges them
in the region of their fortified cities,
when there is any plague or illness,

2 Chronicles 6:28

When there is famine on the earth,
when there is pestilence,
when there is blight, mildew, locust, or grasshopper,
when their enemies besiege them
in the region of their fortified cities,
when there is any plague or illness,

2 Chronicles 7:13-14

If I close the sky so there is no rain, or if I command the grasshopper to consume the land, or if I send pestilence on My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.

Psalm 78:46

He gave their crops to the caterpillar
and the fruit of their labor to the locust.

Psalm 105:34

He spoke, and locusts came—
young locusts without number.

Joel 1:4

What the devouring locust has left,
the swarming locust has eaten;
what the swarming locust has left,
the young locust has eaten;
and what the young locust has left,
the destroying locust has eaten.

Revelation 9:7

The appearance of the locusts was like horses equipped for battle. Something like gold crowns was on their heads; their faces were like men’s faces;

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Exodus 10:4

But if you refuse to let My people go, then tomorrow I will bring locusts into your territory.

Deuteronomy 28:38

“You will sow much seed in the field but harvest little, because locusts will devour it.

1 Kings 8:37

When there is famine on the earth,
when there is pestilence,
when there is blight, mildew, locust, or grasshopper,
when their enemy besieges them
in the region of their fortified cities,
when there is any plague or illness,

Proverbs 30:27

locusts have no king,
yet all of them march in ranks;

Armies » Compared to » Locusts

Isaiah 33:4

Your spoil will be gathered as locusts are gathered;
people will swarm over it like an infestation of locusts.

Revelation 9:3

Then locusts came out of the smoke on to the earth, and power was given to them like the power that scorpions have on the earth.

Revelation 9:7

The appearance of the locusts was like horses equipped for battle. Something like gold crowns was on their heads; their faces were like men’s faces;

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Matthew 3:4

John himself had a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.

Grass » Destroyed by » Locusts

Revelation 9:4

They were told not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green plant, or any tree, but only people who do not have God’s seal on their foreheads.

Insects » Locusts » Moths

Job 4:19

how much more those who dwell in clay houses,
whose foundation is in the dust,
who are crushed like a moth!

Job 27:18

The house he built is like a moth’s cocoon
or a booth set up by a watchman.

Isaiah 50:9

In truth, the Lord God will help Me;
who will condemn Me?
Indeed, all of them will wear out like a garment;
a moth will devour them.

Job 13:28

Man wears out like something rotten,
like a moth-eaten garment.

More verses: James 5:2 Hosea 5:12

Insects » Locusts » Spiders

Isaiah 59:5

They hatch viper’s eggs
and weave spider’s webs.
Whoever eats their eggs will die;
crack one open, and a viper is hatched.

Job 8:14

His source of confidence is fragile;
what he trusts in is a spider’s web.

intercession » Answered » Instances of » Of moses, in behalf of pharaoh » Plague » Locusts

Exodus 10:16-20

Pharaoh urgently sent for Moses and Aaron and said, "I have sinned against the Lord your God and against you. Please forgive my sin once more and make an appeal to the Lord your God, so that He will take this death away from me." Moses left Pharaoh's presence and appealed to the Lord. read more.
Then the Lord changed the wind to a strong west wind, and it carried off the locusts and blew them into the Red Sea. Not a single locust was left in all the territory of Egypt. But the Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he did not let the Israelites go.

Locusts » Devastation by

Deuteronomy 28:38

“You will sow much seed in the field but harvest little, because locusts will devour it.

1 Kings 8:37

When there is famine on the earth,
when there is pestilence,
when there is blight, mildew, locust, or grasshopper,
when their enemy besieges them
in the region of their fortified cities,
when there is any plague or illness,

Isaiah 33:4

Your spoil will be gathered as locusts are gathered;
people will swarm over it like an infestation of locusts.

2 Chronicles 7:13

If I close the sky so there is no rain, or if I command the grasshopper to consume the land, or if I send pestilence on My people,

Joel 1:4-7

What the devouring locust has left, the swarming locust has eaten; what the swarming locust has left, the young locust has eaten; and what the young locust has left, the destroying locust has eaten. Wake up, you drunkards, and weep; wail, all you wine drinkers, because of the sweet wine, for it has been taken from your mouth. For a nation has invaded My land, powerful and without number; its teeth are the teeth of a lion, and it has the fangs of a lioness. read more.
It has devastated My grapevine and splintered My fig tree. It has stripped off its bark and thrown it away; its branches have turned white.

More verses: Revelation 9:7-10

Locusts » In av often translated "grasshopper," as in

Judges 6:5

For the Midianites came with their cattle and their tents like a great swarm of locusts. They and their camels were without number, and they entered the land to waste it.

Judges 7:12

Now the Midianites, Amalekites, and all the Qedemites had settled down in the valley like a swarm of locusts, and their camels were as innumerable as the sand on the seashore.

Jeremiah 46:23

They will cut down her forest—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
though it is dense,
for they are more numerous than locusts;
they cannot be counted.

Job 39:20

Do you make him leap like a locust?
His proud snorting fills one with terror.

Locusts » Plague of

Exodus 10:1-19

Then the Lord said to Moses, "Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may do these miraculous signs of Mine among them, and so that you may tell your son and grandson how severely I dealt with the Egyptians and performed miraculous signs among them, and you will know that I am the Lord." So Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh and told him, "This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me? Let My people go, that they may worship Me. read more.
But if you refuse to let My people go, then tomorrow I will bring locusts into your territory. They will cover the surface of the land so that no one will be able to see the land. They will eat the remainder left to you that escaped the hail; they will eat every tree you have growing in the fields. They will fill your houses, all your officials' houses, and the houses of all the Egyptians-something your fathers and ancestors never saw since the time they occupied the land until today." Then he turned and left Pharaoh's presence. Pharaoh's officials asked him, "How long must this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, so that they may worship the Lord their God. Don't you realize yet that Egypt is devastated?" So Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh. "Go, worship the Lord your God," Pharaoh said. "But exactly who will be going?" Moses replied, "We will go with our young and our old; we will go with our sons and daughters and with our flocks and herds because we must hold the Lord's festival." He said to them, "May the Lord be with you if I [ever] let you and your families go! Look out-you are planning evil. No, only the men may go and worship the Lord, for that is what you have been asking for." And they were driven from Pharaoh's presence. The Lord then said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt and the locusts will come up over it and eat every plant in the land, everything that the hail left." So Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt, and the Lord sent an east wind over the land all that day and through the night. By morning the east wind had brought in the locusts. The locusts went up over the entire land of Egypt and settled on the whole territory of Egypt. Never before had there been such a large number of locusts, and there will never be again. They covered the surface of the whole land so that the land was black, and they consumed all the plants on the ground and all the fruit on the trees that the hail had left. Nothing green was left on the trees or the plants in the field throughout the land of Egypt. Pharaoh urgently sent for Moses and Aaron and said, "I have sinned against the Lord your God and against you. Please forgive my sin once more and make an appeal to the Lord your God, so that He will take this death away from me." Moses left Pharaoh's presence and appealed to the Lord. Then the Lord changed the wind to a strong west wind, and it carried off the locusts and blew them into the Red Sea. Not a single locust was left in all the territory of Egypt.

Psalm 105:34-35

He spoke and locusts came- young locusts without number. They devoured all the vegetation in their land and consumed the produce of their soil.

Locusts » Used as food

Matthew 3:4

John himself had a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.

Mark 1:6

John wore a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey.

Locusts » Sun obscured by

Joel 2:2

a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and dense overcast,
like the dawn spreading over the mountains;
a great and strong people appears,
such as never existed in ages past
and never will again
in all the generations to come.

Joel 2:10

The earth quakes before them;
the sky shakes.
The sun and moon grow dark,
and the stars cease their shining.

Locusts » Figurative

Jeremiah 46:23

They will cut down her forest—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
though it is dense,
for they are more numerous than locusts;
they cannot be counted.

Locusts » Symbolical

Revelation 9:3-10

Then out of the smoke locusts came to the earth, and power was given to them like the power that scorpions have on the earth. They were told not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green plant, or any tree, but only people who do not have God's seal on their foreheads. They were not permitted to kill them, but were to torment [them] for five months; their torment is like the torment caused by a scorpion when it strikes a man. read more.
In those days people will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, but death will flee from them. The appearance of the locusts was like horses equipped for battle. On their heads were something like gold crowns; their faces were like men's faces; they had hair like women's hair; their teeth were like lions' teeth; they had chests like iron breastplates; the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses rushing into battle; and they had tails with stingers, like scorpions, so that with their tails they had the power to harm people for five months.

Locusts » Authorized as food

Locusts » Instincts of

Proverbs 30:27

locusts have no king,
yet all of them march in ranks;

Locusts » The jews » Threatened with, as a punishment for sin

Deuteronomy 28:38

“You will sow much seed in the field but harvest little, because locusts will devour it.

Deuteronomy 28:42

Whirring insects will take possession of all your trees and your land’s produce.

Locusts » Described as » Wise

Proverbs 30:27

locusts have no king,
yet all of them march in ranks;

Proverbs 30:24

Four things on earth are small,
yet they are extremely wise:

Locusts » A small insect

Proverbs 30:27

locusts have no king,
yet all of them march in ranks;

Proverbs 30:24

Four things on earth are small,
yet they are extremely wise:

Locusts » Carried every way by the wind

Exodus 10:13

So Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt, and the Lord sent an east wind over the land all that day and through the night. By morning the east wind had brought in the locusts.

Exodus 10:19

Then the Lord changed the wind to a strong west wind, and it carried off the locusts and blew them into the Red Sea. Not a single locust was left in all the territory of Egypt.

Locusts » Described as » Like to horses prepared for battle

Revelation 9:7

The appearance of the locusts was like horses equipped for battle. Something like gold crowns was on their heads; their faces were like men’s faces;

Joel 2:4

Their appearance is like that of horses,
and they gallop like war horses.

Locusts » Immensely numerous

Psalm 105:34

He spoke, and locusts came—
young locusts without number.

Nahum 3:15

The fire will devour you there;
the sword will cut you down.
It will devour you like the young locust.
Multiply yourselves like the young locust,
multiply like the swarming locust!

Locusts » Illustrative » Of destructive enemies

Joel 1:6

For a nation has invaded My land,
powerful and without number;
its teeth are the teeth of a lion,
and it has the fangs of a lioness.

Joel 2:2-9

a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and dense overcast, like the dawn spreading over the mountains; a great and strong people [appears], such as never existed in ages past and never will again in all the generations to come. A fire destroys in front of them, and behind them a flame devours. The land in front of them is like the Garden of Eden, but behind them, it is like a desert wasteland; there is no escape from them. Their appearance is like that of horses, and they gallop like war horses. read more.
They bound on the tops of the mountains. Their sound is like the sound of chariots, like the sound of fiery flames consuming stubble, like a mighty army deployed for war. Nations writhe in horror before them; all faces turn pale. They attack as warriors [attack]; they scale walls as men of war [do]. Each goes on his own path, and they do not change their course. They do not push each other; each man proceeds on his own path. They dodge the missiles, never stopping. They storm the city; they run on the wall; they climb into the houses; they enter through the windows like thieves.

Locusts » The jews » Promised deliverance from the plague of, on humiliation, &c

2 Chronicles 7:13-14

If I close the sky so there is no rain, or if I command the grasshopper to consume the land, or if I send pestilence on My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.

Locusts » The jews » Often plagued by

Joel 1:4

What the devouring locust has left,
the swarming locust has eaten;
what the swarming locust has left,
the young locust has eaten;
and what the young locust has left,
the destroying locust has eaten.

Joel 2:25

I will repay you for the years
that the swarming locust ate,
the young locust, the destroying locust,
and the devouring locust—
My great army that I sent against you.

Locusts » Clean and fit for food

Leviticus 11:21-22

But you may eat these kinds of all the winged insects that walk on all fours: those that have jointed legs above their feet for hopping on the ground. You may eat these: the various kinds of locust, the various kinds of katydid, the various kinds of cricket, and the various kinds of grasshopper.

Locusts » The jews » Deprecated the plague of

1 Kings 8:37-38

When there is famine on the earth, when there is pestilence, when there is blight, mildew, locust, or grasshopper, when their enemy besieges them in the region of their fortified cities, [when there is] any plague or illness, whatever prayer or petition anyone from Your people Israel might have- each man knowing his own afflictions and spreading out his hands toward this temple-

Locusts » Illustrative » Of false teachers of the apostacy

Revelation 9:3

Then locusts came out of the smoke on to the earth, and power was given to them like the power that scorpions have on the earth.

Locusts » Flies in bands and with order

Proverbs 30:27

locusts have no king,
yet all of them march in ranks;

Locusts » One of the plagues of egypt

Exodus 10:4-15

But if you refuse to let My people go, then tomorrow I will bring locusts into your territory. They will cover the surface of the land so that no one will be able to see the land. They will eat the remainder left to you that escaped the hail; they will eat every tree you have growing in the fields. They will fill your houses, all your officials' houses, and the houses of all the Egyptians-something your fathers and ancestors never saw since the time they occupied the land until today." Then he turned and left Pharaoh's presence. read more.
Pharaoh's officials asked him, "How long must this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, so that they may worship the Lord their God. Don't you realize yet that Egypt is devastated?" So Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh. "Go, worship the Lord your God," Pharaoh said. "But exactly who will be going?" Moses replied, "We will go with our young and our old; we will go with our sons and daughters and with our flocks and herds because we must hold the Lord's festival." He said to them, "May the Lord be with you if I [ever] let you and your families go! Look out-you are planning evil. No, only the men may go and worship the Lord, for that is what you have been asking for." And they were driven from Pharaoh's presence. The Lord then said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt and the locusts will come up over it and eat every plant in the land, everything that the hail left." So Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt, and the Lord sent an east wind over the land all that day and through the night. By morning the east wind had brought in the locusts. The locusts went up over the entire land of Egypt and settled on the whole territory of Egypt. Never before had there been such a large number of locusts, and there will never be again. They covered the surface of the whole land so that the land was black, and they consumed all the plants on the ground and all the fruit on the trees that the hail had left. Nothing green was left on the trees or the plants in the field throughout the land of Egypt.

Locusts » Described as » Voracious

Exodus 10:15

They covered the surface of the whole land so that the land was black, and they consumed all the plants on the ground and all the fruit on the trees that the hail had left. Nothing green was left on the trees or the plants in the field throughout the land of Egypt.

Locusts » Described as » Rapid in movement

Isaiah 33:4

Your spoil will be gathered as locusts are gathered;
people will swarm over it like an infestation of locusts.

Locusts » The jews » Used as food

Matthew 3:4

John himself had a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.

Locusts » Illustrative » (destruction of,) of destruction of God's enemies

Nahum 3:15

The fire will devour you there;
the sword will cut you down.
It will devour you like the young locust.
Multiply yourselves like the young locust,
multiply like the swarming locust!

Locusts » Illustrative » Of unGodly rulers

Nahum 3:17

Your court officials are like the swarming locust,
and your scribes like clouds of locusts,
which settle on the walls on a cold day;
when the sun rises, they take off,
and no one knows where they are.

Miracles » To witness to Christ as messiah spurious » Locusts

Exodus 10:13

So Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt, and the Lord sent an east wind over the land all that day and through the night. By morning the east wind had brought in the locusts.

Exodus 10:19

Then the Lord changed the wind to a strong west wind, and it carried off the locusts and blew them into the Red Sea. Not a single locust was left in all the territory of Egypt.

Plague » Locusts

Exodus 10:1-20

Then the Lord said to Moses, "Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may do these miraculous signs of Mine among them, and so that you may tell your son and grandson how severely I dealt with the Egyptians and performed miraculous signs among them, and you will know that I am the Lord." So Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh and told him, "This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: How long will you refuse to humble yourself before Me? Let My people go, that they may worship Me. read more.
But if you refuse to let My people go, then tomorrow I will bring locusts into your territory. They will cover the surface of the land so that no one will be able to see the land. They will eat the remainder left to you that escaped the hail; they will eat every tree you have growing in the fields. They will fill your houses, all your officials' houses, and the houses of all the Egyptians-something your fathers and ancestors never saw since the time they occupied the land until today." Then he turned and left Pharaoh's presence. Pharaoh's officials asked him, "How long must this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, so that they may worship the Lord their God. Don't you realize yet that Egypt is devastated?" So Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh. "Go, worship the Lord your God," Pharaoh said. "But exactly who will be going?" Moses replied, "We will go with our young and our old; we will go with our sons and daughters and with our flocks and herds because we must hold the Lord's festival." He said to them, "May the Lord be with you if I [ever] let you and your families go! Look out-you are planning evil. No, only the men may go and worship the Lord, for that is what you have been asking for." And they were driven from Pharaoh's presence. The Lord then said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt and the locusts will come up over it and eat every plant in the land, everything that the hail left." So Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt, and the Lord sent an east wind over the land all that day and through the night. By morning the east wind had brought in the locusts. The locusts went up over the entire land of Egypt and settled on the whole territory of Egypt. Never before had there been such a large number of locusts, and there will never be again. They covered the surface of the whole land so that the land was black, and they consumed all the plants on the ground and all the fruit on the trees that the hail had left. Nothing green was left on the trees or the plants in the field throughout the land of Egypt. Pharaoh urgently sent for Moses and Aaron and said, "I have sinned against the Lord your God and against you. Please forgive my sin once more and make an appeal to the Lord your God, so that He will take this death away from me." Moses left Pharaoh's presence and appealed to the Lord. Then the Lord changed the wind to a strong west wind, and it carried off the locusts and blew them into the Red Sea. Not a single locust was left in all the territory of Egypt. But the Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he did not let the Israelites go.

Trees » Often suffered from » Locusts

Exodus 10:15

They covered the surface of the whole land so that the land was black, and they consumed all the plants on the ground and all the fruit on the trees that the hail had left. Nothing green was left on the trees or the plants in the field throughout the land of Egypt.

Exodus 10:5

They will cover the surface of the land so that no one will be able to see the land. They will eat the remainder left to you that escaped the hail; they will eat every tree you have growing in the fields.

Victuals » List of articles » Locusts

Matthew 3:4

John himself had a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.

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