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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible

Floor

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FLOOR . Used in AV [Note: Authorized Version.] ( a ) in the primary sense of a house-floor, and ( b ) in the secondary sense of a threshing-floor, the Heb. words for which are quite distinct. Under ( a ) we have the earthen floor of the Tabernacle, Numbers 5:17 , and the wooden floor of the Temple, 1 Kings 6:15 (see House, § 4 .) By ‘from floor to floor,’ 1 Kings 7:7 RV [Note: Revised Version.] , is meant ‘from floor to ceiling,’ a sense implied in the better reading ‘from the floor to the rafters’; cf. 1 Kings 6:15 , wherefor ‘walls’ read ‘rafters’ of the ceiling. In Amos 9:3 our EV [Note: English Version.] has obscured the figure ‘the floor of the sea.’

( b ) Where ‘floor’ occurs in the sense of ‘threshing-floor’ (see Agriculture, § 3 ), the latter has been substituted by RV [Note: Revised Version.] except in three passages ( Genesis 50:11 , Isaiah 21:10 , Joel 2:24 ). The same word ( goren ) appears as barnfloor ( 2 Kings 6:27 , RV [Note: Revised Version.] ‘threshing-floor’) and cornfloor ( Hosea 9:1 AV [Note: Authorized Version.] and RV [Note: Revised Version.] ).

A. R. S. Kennedy.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Floor'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdb/f/floor.html. 1909.

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