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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible

Leg

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LEG. 1. kÄ•râ‘ ayim , a fem. dual, in which form alone it appears ( Exodus 12:9 etc.). It denotes the legs from knee to ankle (Gesenius). 2 . regel ( 1 Samuel 17:6 ), lit. ‘foot.’ 3 . shôq , the leg, apparently including the thigh, for which it stands in Exodus 29:22; Exodus 29:27 , Leviticus 7:32-34; Leviticus 8:25 f., Leviticus 9:21; Leviticus 10:14 f., Numbers 6:20; Num 18:18 , 1 Samuel 9:24 , in all of which AV [Note: Authorized Version.] tr. [Note: translate or translation.] ‘shoulder,’ but RV [Note: Revised Version.] , correctly, ‘ thigh .’ In Psalms 147:10 shôqç hâ-îsh may mean ‘foot-soldiers.’ The proverbial phrase ‘hip and thigh,’ is literally ‘leg upon thigh’ ( Judges 15:3 ), descriptive of the confusion of severed limbs. 4 , shôbel ( Isaiah 47:2 ) means ‘train’ (RV [Note: Revised Version.] , correctly, ‘strip off the train’). 5 . skelos ( John 19:31 ff.). To hasten the death of the crucified, it was customary to break their legs.

W. Ewing.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Leg'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdb/l/leg.html. 1909.

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