Glossary: L

Lamentation - Expression of sorrow; cries of grief; the act of bewailing.

Lasciviousness - Looseness; irregular indulgence of animal desires; wantonness; lustfulness. Tendency to excite lust, and promote irregular indulgences.

Leannoth - To depress literally or figuratively, transitive or intransitive (in various applications).

Leaven - 1) A mass of sour dough, which, mixed with a larger quantity of dough or paste, produces fermentation in it and renders it light. During the seven days of the passover, no leaven was permitted to be in the houses of the Jews. Exodus 12. 2) Anything which makes a general change in the mass. It generally means something which corrupts or depraves that with which it is mixed. Matthew 16. 3) To taint; to imbue. 1st Corinthians 5.

Leviathan - 1) An aquatic animal, described in Job 41, and mentioned in other passages of Scripture. In Isaiah, it is called the crooked serpent. It is not agreed what animal is intended by the writers, whether the crocodile (most likely), the whale, or a species of serpent.

Levy - 1) To raise; to collect. To levy troops, is to enlist or to order men into public service. To levy an army, is to collect troops and form an army by enrollment, conscription or other means. 2) To raise; to collect by assessment; as, to levy taxes, toll tribute, or contributions.

Log - A Hebrew measure of liquids, containing, according to some authors, three quarters of a pint; according to others, five sixths of a pint. According to Arbuthnot, it was the seventy second part of the bath or ephah, and the twelfth part of a hin.

Loins - The loins are the space on each side of the vertebrae, between the lowest of the false ribs and the upper portion of the os ilium or haunch bone, or the lateral portions of the lumbar region; called also the reins.

Low - To bellow, as an ox or cow. To make the calling sound of cows and other bovine animals; to moo. 1st Samuel 6:12, "...the cows... lowing as they went..."

Lucre - Gain in money or goods; profit; riches; — often in an ill sense.