Dainties, Dainty (meats)
|dan'-tis (maT'ammoth) things full of taste)
Easton's Bible Dictionary
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names
Smith's Bible Dictionary
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
dan'-tis (maT'ammoth, "things full of taste," man'ammim,
ma'adhan; liparos, "fat," "shining"):
Jacob is represented as predicting of Asher, "He shall yield royal dainties" (Genesis
49:20; compare parallel clause, "His bread shall be fat," and Deuteronomy
33:24, "Let him dip his foot in oil"). David, praying to be delivered from
the ways of "men that work inquiry," cries, "Let me not eat of their dainties"
141:4). The man who sitteth "to eat with a ruler" (Proverbs
23:1 - 3)
is counseled, "If thou be a man given to appetite, be not desirous of his dainties;
seeing they are deceitful food" (compare John's words in the woes upon Babylon
18:14), "All things that were dainties and sumptuous are perished from thee,"
and Homer's Iliad (Pope). xviii.456). "Dainties," then, are luxuries, costly,
delicate and rare.
This idea is common to all the words thus rendered; naturally associated with
kings' tables, and with the lives of those who are lovers of pleasure and luxury.
By their associations and their softening effects they are to be abstained from
or indulged in moderately as "deceitful food" by those who would live the simple
and righteous life which wisdom sanctions. They are also "offered not from genuine
hospitality, but with some by-ends." He should also shun the dainties of the niggard
23:6), who counts the cost (Proverbs
23:7 the Revised Version, margin) of every morsel that his guest eats.
See DELICATE; FOOD, etc.
George B. Eager
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