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Easton's Bible Dictionary

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Bow, The
• Easton's Bible Dictionary
• Fausset's Bible Dictionary
• Smith's Bible Dictionary
• International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
Bow, Bowing
Bow, in the Cloud
Greek - bow the knee
Greek - bow, bowed
Greek - bow, bow down, bowed
Greek - bow down, bow down before, bowed down, bowed down before, bowing before, bowing down
Greek - bow
Greek - bow down
Greek - bow together
Greek - bow
Hebrew - bow, bow down, bowed, bowed down
Hebrew - bow, bow low, bowed, bowed down, bowed low
Hebrew - bow down
Hebrew - bow, bow down, bowed
Hebrew - bow, bow down, bow ourselves down, bow yourselves down, bowed, bowed down, bowed in worship, bowed themselves down, bowing, bowing down, bows down
Hebrew - bow the knee
Hebrew - bow, bowman, bowmen, bows, bowshot, rainbow
Hebrew - bow, bow down
Hebrew - bow, bow down, bowed down, bowing
Hebrew - bow, bow down, bowed down, bowing, bows down

The bow was in use in early times both in war and in the chase (Genesis 21:20; 27:3; 48:22). The tribe of Benjamin were famous for the use of the bow (1 Chronicles 8:40; 12:2; 2Chr 14:8; 17:17); so also were the Elamites (Isaiah 22:6) and the Lydians (Jeremiah 46:9). The Hebrew word commonly used for bow means properly to tread (1 Chronicles 5:18; 8:40), and hence it is concluded that the foot was employed in bending the bow. Bows of steel (correctly "copper") are mentioned (2 Samuel 22:35; Psalms 18:34).

The arrows were carried in a quiver (Genesis 27:3; Isaiah 22:6; 49:2; Psalms 127:5). They were apparently sometimes shot with some burning material attached to them (Psalms 120:4).

The bow is a symbol of victory (Psalms 7:12). It denotes also falsehood, deceit (Psalms 64:3,4; Hosea 7:16; Jeremiah 9:3).

"The use of the bow" in 2 Samuel 1:18 (A.V.) ought to be "the song of the bow," as in the Revised Version.

Copyright Statement
These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for 'Bow'". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1897.


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