A small insect resembling a cricket or grasshopper that seasonally migrates in great swarms, causing damage to all vegetation in its path. This insect is therefore a serious pest, especially to crops. In the Bible it was associated with other major pests, including the canker worm, palmer worm, and caterpillar (Joel 1:4
; Joel 2:25
). The migrating swarms of locusts were one of the “plagues” of the OT (Exod 10:12-20
) imposed by the Lord on the people of Egypt as punishment for the enslavement of the Israelites. This form of punishment was not reserved for foreigners alone, but was also extended to the Israelites as a curse for disobedience to the commandments and statutes of the Lord (Deut 28:42
). Locusts served as food for John the Baptist (Matt 3:4
4What the cutting locust left,
the swarming locust has eaten.
What the swarming locust left,
the hopping locust has eaten,
and what the hopping locust left,
the ... View more
25I will repay you for the years
that the swarming locust has eaten,
the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,
my great army, which I sent against you.
12Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the land of Egypt, so that the locusts may come upon it and eat every plant in the land, all that the ... View more
42All your trees and the fruit of your ground the cicada shall take over.
4Now John wore clothing of camel's hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.