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swine in the Bible

Hebrew: חֲזִיר —transliteration: chazir or hazir

Greek: χοῖρος —transliteration: choiros

also known as: pigs, hogs, boars, sows

Swine, both wild and domestic, are menioned in Scripture. This evidently included the wild boar (Arabic: khanzir), which was common among the marshes of the Jordan valley (Psalms 80:13).

Swine were regarded as the most unclean and the most abhorred of all animals (Leviticus 11:7; Isaiah 65:4; 66:3, 17; Luke 15:15-16).

Demon possession of swine

A herd of about 2,000 domesticated pigs were drowned in the Sea of Galilee after being possessed by a legion of demons (Luke 8:32—33; Mark 5:9–13).

Figurative swine

Swine are spoken of figuratively in Matthew 7:6.

“Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.” —NKJV

Proverbs 11:22 states,

“As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout,
So is a lovely woman who lacks discretion.” —NKVJ

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Article Version: August 9, 2019