The English word vagabond, which means someone who has no fixed home, is derived from the Latin word vagabundus, which meant a wanderer, or fugitive, words which are very appropriate for the first vagabond of humanity, Cain, after he murdered his brother Abel. It's also how Satan describes himself (see the Fact Finder question below).


After Cain murdered Abel, the curse upon him included "a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth."

King David prayed to God that the households of the evil who opposed him be destroyed, and that they become vagabonds:

The word was also used in a religious sense, for the "vagabond Jews" who were either religiously corrupt, or opposed the Christian Jews, such as Paul, Peter and all the rest (nearly all of the first Christians were Jews, as was Jesus Christ himself, who never stopped thinking of themselves as Jews, and calling themselves Jews, because they never regarded Christianity as a new or breakaway religion - they simply recognized the long-awaited Messiah while other Jews didn't):

Fact Finder: Is Satan a vagabond on the earth (e.g. in the KJV, "going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it")?
Job 1:7

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This Day In History, August 24

79: The cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae were destroyed and thousands of people killed by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy.

410: Alaric, leading his Visigoth army, entered and sacked Rome. The city had not been captured by a foreign enemy for nearly 800 years.

1294: German King Adolf of Nassau formed an alliance with King Edward I of England against France.

1298: Albert (Albrecht) was crowned German king at Aachen.

1516: Sultan Selim I defeated the Mameluke army near Aleppo, thus securing Syria for the Ottoman (Turkish) empire.

1662: The Act of Uniformity introduced a book of Common Prayer in Britain.

1680: Colonel Thomas Blood, the Irish adventurer who stole the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London in 1671, died. Captured after the theft, he insisted on seeing the king, Charles II, who pardoned him.

1814: During the War of 1812, British and Canadian troops burned the White House in Washington D.C. in retaliation for the American burning of the Parliament Building in York (Toronto) earlier in the year. It was the last war fought among them, the 3 nations have now been close political and military allies for nearly 200 years and through 2 world wars - U.S., British and Canadian troops stormed ashore together on the beaches of Normandy in 1944, the largest such invasion in history. In the war on terrorism in 2003, US and British troops are in Iraq, and US and Canadian troops are in Afghanistan.

1922: Arab states meeting at Nablus rejected the British mandate for Palestine given by the League of Nations.

1949: North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was established.

1950: Operation Magic Carpet - 45,000 Yemenite Jews transported to Israel.

1954: President Dwight Eisenhower signed into law the Communist Control Act, outlawing the Communist Party in the U.S.

1968: France became the fifth nuclear power when it exploded a hydrogen bomb near Fugataufa Atoll, midway between Australia and South America.

1989: Poland became the first country in the Soviet Bloc to appoint a non-Communist prime minister, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, since the late 1940's.

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