Free Online Bible Library | Spit

We also have classes for:

Courses cover a wide range of Bible, Theology and Ministry topics.

Would you do us the favor of answering this two question poll so we can know how to serve you better? You will also be given the opportunity to join our team tasked with how to make BiblicalTraining.org better. Thank you.  --Bill Mounce

Search

Spit

SPIT, SPITTLE, SPITTING (Heb. yāraq, rōq, Gr. ptuō). Spitting in the face indicated gross insult (Num.12.14; Deut.25.9). Allowing spittle to run on the beard made one appear foolish or even “insane” (1Sam.21.13). The Greek word for spit evidently arose because of the peculiar sound made in spitting, ptuō. Jesus used spittle in curing blind eyes in Bethsaida (Mark.8.23) and put spittle on a mute tongue in the Decapolis (Mark.7.33). Jesus was insulted during his trial by being spit on (Matt.26.67; Mark.14.65).



In the NT, two basic meanings are evidenced: those of defilement in the accounts of the Passion (Matt 26:67; Mark 10:34; Luke 18:32) where ἐμπτύω, G1870, is used in the LXX for the OT passages above. Also, spitting is mentioned in several of the miracle accounts (Mark 7:33; 8:23; John 9:6). See Healing, Health.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)