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        "Though Orientals are very jealous of their privacy, they never
        knock when about to enter your room, but walk in without warning
        or ceremony. It is nearly impossible to teach an Arab servant to
        knock at your door. They give warning at the outer gate either
        by calling or knocking. To stand and call is a very common and
        respectful mode. Thus Moses commanded the holder of a pledge to
        stand without and call to the owner to come forth (Deut. 24:10).
        This was to avoid the violent intrusion of cruel creditors.
        Peter stood knocking at the outer door (Acts 12:13, 16), and the
        three men sent to Joppa by Cornelius made inquiry and 'stood
        before the gate' (10:17, 18). The idea is that the guard over
        your privacy is to be placed at the entrance."
        Knocking is used as a sign of importunity (Matt. 7:7, 8; Luke
        13:25), and of the coming of Christ (Luke 12:36; Rev. 3:20).

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Easton, Matthew George. M.A., D.D., "Biblical Meaning for 'Knock' Eastons Bible Dictionary". - Eastons; 1897.

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