Wild Beast

Wild Beast is the rendering of the A.V. at Ps 1:6; Ps 80:13 [elsewhere "abundance," Isa 66:11], of זַיז, ziz, a poetical word for any moving creature of the field. Another Heb. term, chayah (חִיָּה, Sept. θηρίον, ζῶον, θήρ, τετράπους, κτῆνος, ἑρπετόν, θηριάλωτος, βρωτός; Vulg.fera, aninzantia, animal), also rendered "beast," "wild beast," is the feminine of the adjective חִי, "living," used to denote any animal. It is, however, very frequently used specially of "wild beast," when the meaning is often more filly expressed by the addition of the word הִָֹשּׁדֶה, has-sadeh (wild beast) "of the field" (Ex 23:11; Le 26:22; De 7:22; Ho 2:14; Ho 13:8; Jer 12:9, etc.). Similar is the use of the Chaldee חֵיוָא, cheyvahf (Da 4:7). SEE BEAST.

See also the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia.

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