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The English word "butter" originated from an old Anglo-Saxon (Saxony is in Germany; the Anglos were a tribe of the Saxons; some of the Anglos became the "English") word, pronounced butor, which was derived from a Latin word, pronounced butyrum, which itself originated from a Greek word, pronounced boutyron, which meant ox cheese (from the Greek bous, an ox, and tyros, the word for cheese).

"Butter" is used to translate the Hebrew word pronounced khem-aw, which means curdled milk, or cheese - which indicates that "butter" in the Bible was not quite the same as what is commonly called butter now (it may have appeared more like what is today called "cottage cheese"). It was however produced in the same way, as stated in this analogous Psalm:

"30:33 Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife." (Psalm 30:33 KJV)

"Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat"

"Butter" was known from very early times. Abraham and Sarah (see Abram and Sarai) prepared a meal, which included butter, for the LORD and the two angels who were on their way to incinerate Sodom (see Lunch With The LORD and The Day That Christ Incinerated Sodom).

The Holy Scriptures

"18:1 And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; 18:2 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,

18:3 And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: 18:4 Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: 18:5 And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant.

And they said, So do, as thou hast said.

18:6 And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth.

18:7 And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetched a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it. 18:8 And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat." (Genesis 18:1-8 KJV)

Prior to their entering their "land of milk and honey," the Israelites were supplied with the spiritual meaning of that term (see the Fact Finder question below), but they instead used it as an excuse to become arrogant - they began to regard themselves as great, by rendering themselves ignorant of the reality that the only thing great about them was the LORD, while He was with them, while they obeyed Him. When they forsook Him, they became worse than any other nation on earth because they, after they knew the LORD, "sacrificed unto devils, not to God."

"32:13 He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock; 32:14 Butter of kine, and milk of sheep, with fat of lambs, and rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the fat of kidneys of wheat; and thou didst drink the pure blood of the grape.

32:15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation. 32:16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger. 32:17 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not. 32:18 Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee." (Deuteronomy 32:13-18 KJV)

"Smooth talking" is a modern-day term that originated in the Bible. Here, it refers to smooth-as-butter "diplomats" who have "peace" treaties in one hand, in order to get close, and a dagger in the other hand to kill whoever falls for their lies (literally falls, with a dagger though their heart). The wrath of LORD awaits them.

"55:15 Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.

55:16 As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. 55:17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. 55:18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me. 55:19 God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.

55:20 He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant. 55:21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords." (Psalm 55:15-21 KJV)

"Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel" is one of the most famous of the Messianic prophecies of the "Old" Testament, but that was only part of the prophecy. The rest of it is "Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good" (again, see the Fact Finder question below to understand what is ultimately meant by "a land of milk and honey."

"7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. 7:15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good." (Isaiah 7:14-15 KJV)

Fact Finder: What sort of "milk and honey" was meant in the Biblical "land of milk and honey"?
See Milk and Honey

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