Or pig, a stout-bodied, short-legged omnivorous mammal, family Suidae. Swine are “unclean animals” in the OT, because they have cloven hooves but no ruminant stomach (Lev 11:7; Deut 14:8). The low estate to which the prodigal son fell is signified by his occupation as a swineherd (Luke 15:15; Luke 15:16). Pigs also figure in the story in (Matt 8:28-34), where Jesus heals two men by allowing their demons to occupy a herd of swine that then rushes headlong into the Gadarene Lake. The proverbial foolishness of “throwing pearls before swine” has its origin in (Matt 7:6), while the saying “like a gold ring in a pig’s snout” stems from (Prov 11:22).

Lev 11:7

7The pig, for even though it has divided hoofs and is cleft-footed, it does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you.

Deut 14:8

8And the pig, because it divides the hoof but does not chew the cud, is unclean for you. You shall not eat their meat, and you shall not touch their carcasses.

Luke 15:15

15So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs.

Luke 15:16

16He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything.

Matt 8:28-34

Jesus Heals the Gadarene Demoniacs
28When he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs coming out of the tombs met him. They were s ... View more

Matt 7:6

Profaning the Holy
6“Do not give what is holy to dogs; and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under foot and turn and maul you.

Prov 11:22

22Like a gold ring in a pig's snout
is a beautiful woman without good sense.

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