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Easton's Bible Dictionary

 

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Bow
        The bow was in use in early times both in war and in the chase
        (Gen. 21:20; 27:3; 48:22). The tribe of Benjamin were famous for
        the use of the bow (1 Chr. 8:40; 12:2; 2 Chr. 14:8; 17:17); so
        also were the Elamites (Isa. 22:6) and the Lydians (Jer. 46:9).
        The Hebrew word commonly used for bow means properly to tread (1
        Chr. 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 Sam. 22:35; Ps. 18:34).
        The arrows were carried in a quiver (Gen. 27:3; Isa. 22:6;
        49:2; Ps. 127:5). They were apparently sometimes shot with some
        burning material attached to them (Ps. 120:4).
        The bow is a symbol of victory (Ps. 7:12). It denotes also
        falsehood, deceit (Ps. 64:3, 4; Hos. 7:16; Jer. 9:3).
        "The use of the bow" in 2 Sam. 1:18 (A.V.) ought to be "the
        song of the bow," as in the Revised Version.

Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. M.A., D.D., "Biblical Meaning for 'Bow' Eastons Bible Dictionary".
bible-history.com - Eastons; 1897.

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