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Asked by Kevin Mim
Date Asked July 5, 2017 11:17PM

HI, I have some questions to ask : 1) what does [דבר ] mean? Does it mean cholera? or plague? Or does it mean all kinds of Infectious and contagious diseases? 2) what is the exact translation of [לפניו ילך דבר ויצא רשף לרגליו׃ ] Thank you for your answers in advance.

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Scholar Rabbi Reuven Lauffer
Date Answered July 6, 2017 12:02PM

1) Dever (or Daver) is really a generic term for pestilence. The word does not denote what kind of pestilence it is.

2) Havakook 3:5 - "Pestilence went forth as He [God] advanced and a fire went forth at His feet."

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