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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
VIAL occurs in OT only in 1 Samuel 10:1 AV [Note: Authorized Version.] , and 2 Kings 9:1; 2 Kings 9:3 RV [Note: Revised Version.] (AV [Note: Authorized Version.] box ) for an oil-flask. In NT, RV [Note: Revised Version.] has substituted ‘ bowl ’ for ‘vial’ throughout ( Revelation 5:8; Revelation 15:7; Revelation 16:1 ff.). The phialÃ§ was a flat vessel, resembling a saucer, specially used for pouring libations of wine upon the altar of a deity.
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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Vial'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdb/v/vial.html. 1909.