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Mandrake ‎Mandrake in Hebrew means “love plant.” The mandrake plant contains hallucinogens, but it can be poisonous. Its roots sometimes contain bifurcations causing them to resemble human figures. According to a legend already spread in the 1st century CE, it is perilous for humans to dig up the plant. One should rather bare the roots, and tie the plant to a dog. The animal could then safely pull out the plant. ‎Gen 30:14–16; Song 7:13

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

January 3
Finding Comfort in a Cynic’s WordsEcclesiastes 1:12–18
“I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after the wind” (Eccl 1:14). These aren’t exactly the words you want to hear in the morning—look who woke up on the wrong side of the bed. The intention behind them, though, is actually quite comforting.

The Preacher in Ecclesiastes goes on to prove that he doesn’t need counseling, but instead should be our counselor: “What is crooked cannot be made straight, and what is lacking cannot be counted … I have acquired great wisdom … [But] in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow” (Eccl 1:15–16, 18). And although we may want to deny this fact, it’s a truism that haunts all great people: we may help the hurting people in our world, but we will never be able to end the pain and knowledge alone will simply not get us there. Words on paper are not the solution. A manifesto, like the Declaration of Ind…

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From Joshua 3:5 KJV Translation: And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the LORD will do wonders among you. NKJV Translation: And Joshua said to the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the LORD will do wonders among you. Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.