Code by Jim Wright (15/Aug/2009)
A Root of Bitterness
This search for the expression "a root of bitterness" uses the Aramaic spelling found in Hebrews 12.15 in the Peshitta (see above).
In the KJV:
Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Hebrews 12.15
I searched the Tanakh and it was expected to show .23934 times.
It showed twice, at apx. odds of 1 in 5,000 (a standard deviation of 3.60 - see screen shot please).
The lowest skip showed completely in 1 + 2 Samuel, which use to be a single book (according to my JPS + Ryrie Study Bibles).
The odds of this term showing in a block of text the size of 1 + 2 Samuel are somewhere past 1 in 100,000,000. (a standard deviation of 26.71 - see screen shot please).
Goes through several verses related to these 'roots of bitterness':
Now therefore, I pray thee, let my lord the king hear the words of his servant. If the Lord have stirred thee up against me, let him accept an offering: but if they be the children of men, cursed be they before the Lord; for they have driven me out this day from abiding in the inheritance of the Lord, saying, Go, serve other gods. 1 Samuel 26.19
And Amnon was so vexed, that he fell sick for his sister Tamar; for she was a virgin; and Amnon thought it hard for him to do any thing to her. 2 Samuel 13.2
And Ahithophel said unto Absalom, Go in unto thy father's concubines, which he hath left to keep the house; and all Israel shall hear that thou art abhorred of thy father: then shall the hands of all that are with thee be strong. 2 Samuel 16.21
"Root" overwrites "odious" and crosses "root".
"Odious" radiates from its self, and crosses "root".
I have not examined the other occurrence of this term - yet.
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