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Hornet


Hornet. The hornet bears a general resemblance to the common wasp, only it is larger. It is exceedingly fierce and voracious, especially in hot climates, and its sting is frequently dangerous. In Scripture the hornet is referred to only as the means which Jehovah employed for the extirpation of the Canaanites. Ex. 23:28; Deut. 7:20; Josh. 24:12; Wisd. 12:8. (It is said that the Phaselitæ, a Phœnician people, were driven from their locality by hornets; and other examples are given in Paxton’s “Illustrations of Scripture,” 1:303.—Ed.)