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haemorrhoids


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  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Haemorrhoids 
  or  Emerods,  bleeding  piles  known  to  the  ancient  Romans  as 
  mariscae  but  more  probably  malignant  boils  of  an  infectious  and 
  fatal  character.  With  this  loathsome  and  infectious  disease  the 
  men  of  Ashdod  were  smitten  by  the  hand  of  the  Lord.  This 
  calamity  they  attributed  to  the  presence  of  the  ark  in  their 
  midst,  and  therefore  they  removed  it  to  Gath  (1  Sam.  5:6-8).  But 
  the  same  consequences  followed  from  its  presence  in  Gath,  and 
  therefore  they  had  it  removed  to  Ekron,  11  miles  distant.  The 
  Ekronites  were  afflicted  with  the  same  dreadful  malady,  but  more 
  severely;  and  a  panic  seizing  the  people,  they  demanded  that  the 
  ark  should  be  sent  back  to  the  land  of  Israel  (9-12;  6:1-9). 
 




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