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TO PERISH. To come to an end; to cease to be; to die.
     2. What has never existed cannot be said to have perished.
     3. When two or more persons die by the same accident, as a shipwreck, no presumption arises that one perished before the other. Vide Death. Survivorship.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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NNA - The calamity of cows perishing in Mishmish village, Akkar has not ended yet as another cow owned by Khaled Khalil died today (Friday) morning, raising the number of the perished cows, sheep and goats to 32 since the appearance of that phenomena in the past few weeks, National News Agency correspondent in Akkar, Micheal Hallak reported.
Rescue the perishing; Eleanor Rathbone and the refugees.
Through repentance, Jesus implies, our end may somehow not result in perishing "just as they did." What does this mean?
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