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Scourge


SCOURGE, noun skurj. [Latin corriggia, from corrigo, to straighten.]

1. To whip; a lash consisting of a strap or cord; an instrument of punishment or discipline.

A scourge of small cords. John 2:15.

2. A punishment; vindictive affliction.

Famine and plague are sent as scourges for amendment.

3. He or that which greatly afflicts, harasses or destroys; particularly, any continued evil or calamity. Attila was called the scourge of God, for the miseries he inflicted in his conquests. Slavery is a terrible scourge

4. A whip for a top.

SCOURGE, verb transitive skurj.

1. To whip severely; to lash.

It is lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman?

Acts 22:25.

2. To punish with severity; to chastise; to afflict for sins or faults, and with the purpose of correction.

He will scourge us for our iniquities, and will have mercy again.

Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. Hebrews 12:1.

3. To afflict greatly; to harass, torment or injure.