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Man And Beast

Most often, "man" in the Bible means the species of man, male and female. The Hebrew word that is translated as "man" is pronounced aw-dawm, from which came the name Adam. It became a male name only after Eve, who was as much "adam" as Adam was ("1:27 So God created man [i.e. aw-dawm] in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them" Genesis 1:27 KJV), was given a name, while the man alone continued to be called "man," or aw-dawm i.e. although he is now commonly spoken of as such, "Adam" was never given an actual personal name of his own during his lifetime.

The King James Version uses "beast" where later translations more often (but not always) use "animal." The English word "beast" originated from a Latin word, bestia, which meant any four-footed animal. The English word "animal" itself originated from another Latin word, anima, which meant breathing and alive.

"I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast"

The Holy Scriptures make plain that humans are not animals (although the behavior is often very much the same), apart from similarities in life-form design (i.e. all mammals have reproductive similarities). Humans were made "like" the animals for the sole purpose that, like animals, humans are subject to death. In the case of humans, it's merely a means of disposal of those who reject salvation for themselves by refusing to repent.

The Holy Scriptures

"49:12 Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish. 49:13 This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.

49:14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling. 49:15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.

49:16 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased; 49:17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him. 49:18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself. 49:19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light. 49:20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish." (Psalm 49:12-20 KJV)

"2:12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; 2:14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: 2:15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; 2:16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet." (2 Peter 2:12-16 KJV)

There are other things that man and beast experienced together during Bible History. Examples are that all died together from the Flood (see The Floods Brought By Christ), and the death of the firstborn at Passover included even the firstborn of animals.

"7:20 Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered. 7:21 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: 7:22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died. 7:23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark." (Genesis 7:20-23 KJV)

"12:12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. 12:13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt." (Exodus 12:12-13 KJV)

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