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Hebrew: beytsah, “whiteness”

  • eggs deserted (Isaiah 10:14)

  • law about eggs or young of a bird with mother (Deuteronomy 22:6)

  • eggs of an ostrich (Job 39:14

  • eggs of the cockatrice (Isaiah 59:5)

  • In Luke 11:12, an egg is contrasted with a scorpion, which is said to be very like an egg in its appearance, so much so as to be with difficulty at times distinguished from it.

  • In Job 6:6 (“the white of an egg”) the word for egg (hallamuth') occurs nowhere else. It has been translated “purslain” (Revised King James Version marginal note), and the whole phrase “purslain-broth”, i.e., broth made of that herb, proverbial for its insipidity; and hence an insipid discourse. Job applies this expression to the speech of Eliphaz as being insipid and dull. But the common rendering, “the white of an egg”, may be satisfactorily maintained.