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The English word wax had two general original meanings; wax, the substance that is produced by bees for the construction of the cells in their hives, and to wax, a most-often used emotional or physical term meaning to grow, or to become. Both forms of the word originated from the same old Anglo-Saxon word, weax, or weaxen, which is logical since both mean to grow, or to become i.e. bee's wax is "grown" in the hive, and people can grow, or become, or wax, emotionally hot or cold. The parallel between the two words is actually good analogy i.e. when cold, bee's wax becomes physically hardened, just as people become psychologically hardened when they become emotionally cold. Conversely, when wax becomes physically hot, it can burn (bee's wax has been used in some kinds of candles for centuries), just as people, when they become emotionally hot, can have a "burning" temper (temper is an abbreviation of temperature).

"As wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God"

"Waxed" or "waxen" are used to describe population and military growth, or decline:


"And the children of Israel [see Children of Jacob] were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them." (Exodus 1:7 KJV)

"Yet it came to pass, when the children of Israel were waxen strong, that they put the Canaanites [see The Land Of Canaan] to tribute [see Custom and Tribute]" (Joshua 17:3 KJV)

"Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker." (2 Samuel 3:1 KJV)

"Waxed" was used to describe growing to great age:

"Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?" (Genesis 18:12 KJV)

"And it came to pass a long time after that The Lord had given rest unto Israel from all their enemies round about, that Joshua waxed old and stricken in age." (Joshua 23:1 KJV)

"Waxed" was used to describe the heat of the sun, in this example of how manna [see also The Living Bread] melted in the morning sun:

"And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted" (Exodus 16:21 KJV)

At the time that The Ten Commandments (see The Decalogue) were formally delivered to the Israelites (see The Ten Commandments Before Sinai?), a "trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder":

"And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice. And The Lord [see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD] came down upon Mount Sinai [see also Mount Sinai in Arabia], on the top of the mount: and The Lord called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up" (Exodus 19:19-20 KJV)

Moses (see also The Education Of Moses) was a very humble man, but meek does not mean weak. When Moses saw the Israelites running wild in pagan revelry, at the very time that he was with The Lord receiving the Ten Commandments, "Moses' anger waxed hot":

"And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses' anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands [see What Did The Ten Commandments Look Like?], and brake them beneath the mount." (Exodus 32:19 KJV)

The Lord's anger also "waxes hot" at evil, such as this example of physically-strong cowards who Bully those who are physically or psychologically weaker, while avoiding those who are capable of defending themselves:

"Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child. If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry; And my wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless." (Exodus 22:22-24 KJV)

Again, using the comparison to a burning candle, the unrepentant are going to burn (see also Hydrogen):

"as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God." (Psalm 68:2 KJV)

Fact Finder: In the end-time of a coming great religious deception and persecution, did Jesus Christ say that "And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved"?
Matthew 24:11-13
See also The Great Tribulation

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