Dinah to Dura
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Dinah
Judgment, justice
Strong's #H1783

Dinah was the name of Jacob's (Israel's) first and only daughter, the last child he produced through Leah. She is also the eleventh child out of thirteen total children Jacob produced through four women.

Dinah is seduced by Shechem who then tries to arrange a marriage with her through his father Hamor. Jacob's sons feign accepting the marriage proposal on the condition that Hamor, Shechem and all the males in the city become circumcised.

Simeon and Levi, while the males are recovering from being circumcised, enter the city and slaughter all the men in revenge for their sister being defiled. They then, along with the other sons of Jacob, take captive all those left alive and pillage the area.

References
Genesis 30:21, 34:1 - 26, 46:15

Additional Study:

Dinhabah
Give thou judgement
Strong's #H1838

References
Genesis 36:32, 1Chronicles 1:43

Dionysius
Reveller, devoted to Bacchus
Strong's #G1354

Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus (the Athenian Supreme Court), was one of only two people recorded to have become Christians after Paul's visit to Athens.

References
Acts 17:34

Diotrephes
Jove nourished
Strong's #G1361

Diotrephes was an arrogant and vain leader who attempted to govern the church he attended like a dictator (e.g. the Nicolaitans).

Diotrephes' sinful behavior included frequently slandering the Apostle John. He also refused to be hospitable to Christians visiting the church and cast out of the fellowship those who did so. John planned to visit the church in order to correct the situation (3John 1:13 - 14).

References
3John 1:9

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Dishan
Thresher
Strong's #H1789

References
Genesis 36:21, 28, 30, 1Chronicles 1:38, 42

Dishon
Thresher
Strong's #H1787

References
Genesis 36:21, 25 - 30, 1Chronicles 1:38, 42

Dizahab
Enough gold, of gold
Strong's #H1774

Dizahab was one of the main places, east of the Jordan River, where Moses spoke to all Israel.

References
Deuteronomy 1:1

Dodanim
Leaders
Strong's #H1721

References
Genesis 10:4, 1Chronicles 1:7

Dodo
Loving, his beloved
Strong's #H1734

References
Judges 10:1, 2Samuel 23:9, 24, 1Chronicles 11:12, 26

Doeg
Fearing, anxious
Strong's #H1673

King Saul accuses some of Israel's priests of helping David. Such aid, in his mind, is an act of treason. His anger propels him to make the rash decision to kill all eighty-five priests before him. When his Israelite servants refuse to carry out such a heinous act, he commands Doeg to murder them. Doeg, an Edomite, then willingly slaughters the priests.

Doeg, not content with the mass carnage he caused, then quickly travels to Nob where the priests lived. He then, in cold blood, decimates most of the city's innocent inhabitants, including women, babies and even animals (1Samuel 22)!

References
1Samuel 21:7, 22;9 - 22, Psalm 52:1

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Dophkah
A knock, knocking
Strong's #H1850

Dophkah was one of the places the children of Israel camped after leaving Egyptian bondage.

References
Numbers 33:12 - 13

Dor
Generation, dwelling
Strong's #H1756

The ruler of Dor, who governed a city located just south of Mount Carmel, was one of the thirty-one kings conquered by Joshua in the Promised Land.

Dor was originally given to the tribe of Asher as an inheritance in the Promised Land. The tribe of Manasseh, however, laid claim to the city and considered it part of their territory.

References
Joshua 11:2, 12:23, 17:11, Judges 1:27, 1Kings 4:11, 1Chronicles 7:29

Dorcas (Tabitha)
Gazelle
Strong's #G1393

Dorcas is also called Tabitha, a name that means "female gazelle" (Strong's #G5000).

When Dorcas died Christians in Joppa sent for the Apostle Peter. When he arrived at her home, he prayed for her and she was raised from the dead! Dorcas became the only person, recorded in the Bible, brought back to life by Peter.

References
Acts 9:36 - 42

Dothan
Two wells
Strong's #H1886

Dothan was the place from where Joseph, one of the sons of Jacob, was sold by his brothers to traders traveling to Egypt.

References
Genesis 37:17, 2Kings 6:13

Drusilla
Watered by the dew
Strong's #G1409

Drusilla was the great-granddaughter of Herod the Great and daughter of Herod Agrippa I. She heard Paul preach the gospel while he was in prison in Caesarea.

References
Acts 24:24

Dura
Circle, dwelling
Strong's #H1757

Dura is the place in Babylon where King Nebuchadnezzar set up a huge gold (gold plated) image (minimum 87 feet or 26.5 meters high and roughly 9 feet or 2.7 meters wide). After its creation, he required all those under his power to worship it or suffer the death penalty.

Daniel's three friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, refuse to commit idolatry and worship Nebuchadnezzar's statue. The king, in a fit of rage, has the three men thrown into a fiery furnace. After they miraculously survive his brutality, Nebuchadnezzar admits that the God of Israel is the only true Deity worthy of worship.

References
Daniel 3:1

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