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.
4but in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
sharp as a two-edged sword.
15He has filled me with bitterness,
he has sated me with wormwood.
19The thought of my affliction and my homelessness
is wormwood and gall!
7Ah, you that turn justice to wormwood,
and bring righteousness to the ground!
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—
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.
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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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.