A shrublike plant that belongs to the aster family and has a bitter taste. The plant is often used as a metaphor for bitterness and sorrow (Prov 5:4; Lam 3:15; Lam 3:19; Amos 5:7; Amos 6:12). In (Jer 9:15 and Jer 23:15), God’s punishment of the people of Israel is described in terms of wormwood and poisoned water. (Rev 8:11) describes a star called “Wormwood” falling to earth, turning part of the waters into wormwood and killing many people.

Prov 5:4

4but in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
sharp as a two-edged sword.

Lam 3:15

15He has filled me with bitterness,
he has sated me with wormwood.

Lam 3:19

19The thought of my affliction and my homelessness
is wormwood and gall!

Amos 5:7

7Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood,
and bring righteousness to the ground!

Amos 6:12

12Do horses run on rocks?
Does one plow the sea with oxen?
But you have turned justice into poison
and the fruit of righteousness into wormwood—

Jer 9:15

15Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: I am feeding this people with wormwood, and giving them poisonous water to drink.

Jer 23:15

15Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts concerning the prophets:
“I am going to make them eat wormwood,
and give them poisoned water to drink;
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Rev 8:11

11The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many died from the water, because it was made bitter.

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