Bee @ First mentioned in Deuteronomy:1:44. Swarms of bees, and the danger of their attacks, are mentioned in Psalms:118:12. Samson found a "swarm of bees" in the carcass of a lion he had slain Judges:14:8). Wild bees are described as laying up honey in woods and in clefts of rocks Deuteronomy:32:13; Psalms:81:16). In Isaiah:7:18 the "fly" and the "bee" are personifications of the Egyptians and Assyrians, the inveterate enemies of Israel.
Beelzebub @ (Gr. form Beel'zebul), the name given to Satan, and found only in the New Testament Matthew:10:25Matthew:12:24Matthew:12:27; Mark:3:22). It is probably the same as Baalzebub (q.v.), the god of Ekron, meaning "the lord of flies," or, as others think, "the lord of dung," or "the dung-god."
Beer @ well. (1.) A place where a well was dug by the direction of Moses, at the forty-fourth station of the Hebrews in their wanderings Numbers:21:16-18) in the wilderness of Moab. (See WELL (2.) A town in the tribe of Judah to which Jotham fled for fear of Abimelech Judges:9:21). Some have identified this place with Beeroth.
Beer-elim @ well of heroes, probably the name given to Beer, the place where the chiefs of Israel dug a well Numbers:21:16; Isaiah:15:8).
Beer-lahai-roi @ i.e., "the well of him that liveth and seeth me," or, as some render it, "the well of the vision of life", the well where the Lord met with Hagar Genesis:16:7-14). Isaac dwelt beside this well (24:62; 25:11). It has been identified with 'Ain Muweileh, or Moilahhi, south-west of Beersheba, and about 12 miles W. from Kadesh-barnea.
Beeri @ illustrious, or the well-man. (1.) The father of Judith, one of the wives of Esau Genesis:26:34), the same as Adah Genesis:36:2). (2.) The father of the prophet Hosea (1:1).
Beeroth @ wells, one of the four cities of the Hivites which entered by fraud into a league with Joshua. It belonged to Benjamin Joshua:18:25). It has by some been identified with el-Bireh on the way to Nablus, 10 miles north of Jerusalem.
Beersheba @ well of the oath, or well of seven, a well dug by Abraham, and so named because he and Abimelech here entered into a compact Genesis:21:31). On re-opening it, Isaac gave it the same name Genesis:26:31-33). It was a favourite place of abode of both of these patriarchs (21:33-22:1,19; 26:33; 28:10). It is mentioned among the "cities" given to the tribe of Simeon Joshua:19:2; 1Chronicles:4:28). From Dan to Beersheba, a distance of about 144 miles Judges:20:1; 1Chronicles:21:2; 2Samuel:24:2), became the usual way of designating the whole Promised Land, and passed into a proverb. After the return from the Captivity the phrase is narrowed into "from Beersheba unto the valley of Hinnom" Nehemiah:11:30). The kingdom of the ten tribes extended from Beersheba to Mount Ephraim ( 2Chronicals:19:4). The name is not found in the New Testament. It is still called by the Arabs Bir es-Seba, i.e., "well of the seven", where there are to the present day two principal wells and five smaller ones. It is nearly midway between the southern end of the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean.
Beetle @ (Heb. hargol, meaning "leaper"). Mention of it is made only in Leviticus:11:22, where it is obvious the word cannot mean properly the beetle. It denotes some winged creeper with at least four feet, "which has legs above its feet, to leap withal." The description plainly points to the locust (q.v.). This has been an article of food from the earliest times in the East to the present day. The word is rendered "cricket" in the Revised Version.
Beeves @ (an old English plural of the word beef), a name applicable to all ruminating animals except camels, and especially to the Bovidce, or horned cattle Leviticus:22:19-21; Numbers:31:28-30, 33, 38, 44).