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mixed multitude in the Bible

(Ex. 12:38), a class who accompanied the Israelites as they journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, the first stage of the Exodus. These were probably miscellaneous hangers-on to the Hebrews, whether Egyptians of the lower orders, or the remains of the Hyksos (see EGYPT ØT0001137; MOSES ØT0002602), as some think. The same thing happened on the return of the Jews from Babylon (Neh. 13:3), a "mixed multitude" accompanied them so far.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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  • It was indeed, as Mrs. Templeton had said, a "mixed multitude."

    To Him That Hath Ralph Connor
  • The army was, as Washington himself said, "a mixed multitude."

  • The mixed multitude was thereby encouraged to believe that the slaughter of the obnoxious was a necessity of critical times.

    Lectures on the French Revolution John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
  • Poor girls, how differently they felt to the mixed multitude who followed them.

    The Heir of Kilfinnan W.H.G. Kingston
  • How to shake off this mixed multitude must have caused Moses many an anxious thought.

    A History of the Gipsies Walter Simson
  • We naturally ask, what could have induced this mixed multitude to leave Egypt?

    A History of the Gipsies Walter Simson
  • They owned "a mixed multitude of flocks and herds," and "very much cattle."

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus American Anti-Slavery Society
  • This he proclaimed to a mixed multitude of sinners like myself.

    The Power of Faith Isabella Graham
  • The mixed multitude which came up with Israel came not because they had shared his exemptions, but because they dared not stay.

  • The teachers presiding over this mixed multitude were three in number, all French—their names Mdlles.

    The Professor (AKA Charlotte Bronte) Currer Bell

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