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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible

Tabret

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TABRET (see art. Taber) is AV [Note: Authorized Version.] tr. [Note: translate or translation.] of tôph in Genesis 31:27 , 1Sa 10:5; 1 Samuel 18:6 , Isaiah 5:12; Isaiah 24:8; Isaiah 30:32 , Jeremiah 31:4 , Ezekiel 28:13 . The same Heb. word is tr. [Note: translate or translation.] ‘ timbrel ’ in Exodus 15:20 , Jdg 11:34 , 2 Samuel 6:5 , 1 Chronicles 13:8 , Job 21:12 , Psalms 81:2; Psalms 149:3; Psalms 150:4 . It might have been well to drop both ‘timbrel’ and ‘tabret,’ neither of which conveys any clear sense to a modern ear, and adopt some such rendering as ‘tambourine’ or ‘hand-drum’. The AV [Note: Authorized Version.] rendering of Job 17:6 ‘aforetime I was as a tabret,’ has arisen from a confusion of tôpheth ‘spitting’ with tôph ‘tambourine.’ The words mean ‘I am become one to be spit on in the face’ (RV [Note: Revised Version.] ‘an open abhorring’).

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Tabret'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdb/t/tabret.html. 1909.

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