Doctrine of Dung

September 6, 2014


A. Definition. As used in the Bible, dung is used to illustrate or portray principles of doctrine in a negative way. Dung is used because it is not only objectionable to the senses, but is total waste. Therefore, it makes an excellent illustration.

B. Etymology.
1. Hebrew.
a. ASHPIT means a dunghill, 1 Sam 2:8; Ps 113:7; Neh 2:13, 3:14, 12:31.
b. GELEL means human excrement, Job 20:7; 1 Kg 14:10; Ezek 4:12, 15; Zeph 1:17.
c. GULAL, 1 Kgs 14:10.
d. DOMEN is a very vulgar word, Jer 8:2, 16:4, 25:33.
e. PERESH, Ex 29:14; Lev 4:11, 8:17; Num 19:5; Mal 2:3.
2. Greek.
a. SKUBALON means piles of dung.
b. Adjectives are used with dung in the Bible, such as “manure.”

C. Uses of “Dung” in the Bible.
1. Dung is used to describe the pseudo‑celebrity standards of Judaism, Phil 3:8.
2. Dung is used to describe the administration of the fifth cycle of discipline to a nation. It is used for defeat in battle by which the military establishment of a nation is destroyed.
a. Dead soldiers are called dung on the ground because they have been wasted, Jer 9:22, 16:4. Freedom not preserved is a waste.
b. Jer 25:33 describes the Armageddon military defeat.
c. Reversionists and demon possessed people die in battle when their country goes under the fifth cycle of discipline, Jer 8:2.
d. In Zeph 1:17, dung is used to describe what happens to people when a nation disintegrates.
3. Dung is used to portray the judgment of the wicked, Job 20:4‑7.
4. Dung was used to threaten and intimidate the Jews into surrendering to the Assyrians, 2 Kgs 18:27; Isa 36:12. The Jews had enough Bible doctrine in their souls to interpret contemporary history.
5. The interruption of the Jewish Age plus the fifth cycle of discipline is described as dung in Mal 2:3.
6. Dung is used to describe the fall of mighty ones, Lam 4:5.
7. Dung is used to describe the uselessness of the reversionistic believer, Lk 14:34‑35.