Easton's Bible Dictionary: M. G. Easton, M.A., D.D.
Applied in the New Testament to the traditions and speculations, "cunningly devised fables", of the Jews on religious questions (1 Tim. 1:4, 4:7; 2 Tim. 4:4; Tit. 1:14; 2 Pet. 1:16
). In such passages the word means anything false and unreal. But the word is used as almost equivalent to parable. Thus we have
- the fable of Jotham, in which the trees are spoken of as choosing a king (Judg. 9:8-15); and
- that of the cedars of Lebanon and the thistle as Jehoash's answer to Amaziah (2 Ki. 14:9).
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