American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Q



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QUAILS

The oriental quail is a bird of passage, about the size of a
turtledove, and nearly resembling the American partridge. Hasselquist
states that it is plentiful near the shores of the Dead Sea and the
Jordan, and in the deserts of Arabia; and Diodorus affirms that it is
caught in immense numbers about Rhinocolura, at the southwest corner
of Palestine. Burckhardt also found great quantities of them in the
regions south of the Dead Sea. The flocks of quails, therefore, which
came up to the camp of Israel, are entirely credible; and the miracle
seems especially to have consisted in these immense flocks being
directed to a particular spot, in the extreme emergency of the people
by means of "a wind from the Lord," Ex 16:13; Nu 11:31; Ps 78:27.


QUARTUS

A Christian residing at Corinth, but according to his name of Roman
origin, whose salutation Paul sends to the brethren at Rome, Ro 16:23.


QUATERNION OF SOLDIERS

A detachment or division consisting of four men, Ac 12:4. The Romans
detached a quarternion of four men for a night guard and divided the
night into four watches, so that each soldier should in his turn be on
guard three hours. (See HOURS.)


When therefore Herod, who adopted the Roman customs, is said to have
delivered Peter to four quaternions of soldiers, it is to be
understood that he was guarded by four men at a time, namely, two in
the prison with him, and two before the doors, and that they were
relieved every three hours by four others; making in all sixteen men.


QUEEN OF HEAVEN

A name given by the Hebrew idolaters to the moon, Jer 7:18 44:17-18.
See ASHTORETH.


QUICK

In the old English sense, means alive, or living. Nu 16:30 2Ti 4:1;
and quicken, to make alive. God bestows spiritual life on men dead in
trespasses and sins, Eph 2:5, through Christ the second Adam, who is a
quickening Spirit, 1Co 15:45.


QUICKSANDS

Ac 27:17, probably the dangerous sandbanks and whirlpools in two gulfs
on the African coast south of Malta; they were called the Greater and
the Lesser Syritis, and were much dreaded by ancient mariners. The
course of the wind by which Paul and his companions were driven,
threatened to cast them into the Lesser Syrtis.


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