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Morrish Bible Dictionary

Sling

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A simple weapon with which stones were thrown. It could easily be formed of a piece of leather with a small hole in the centre, and having two strings attached. A stone was placed in the hole in the leather, and swung round forcibly, when, by releasing one of the strings, the stone would fly away. It was used by shepherds to keep off such animals as wolves; David had one with which he smote Goliath. We read of some who were so skilled in its use as to throw a stone to a hair's breadth. It is mentioned among the weapons of war. Judges 20:16; 1 Samuel 17:40,50; 2 Kings 3:25; 2 Chronicles 26:14 . On the Egyptian monuments men are portrayed using the sling.

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Sling'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/mbd/s/sling.html. 1897.

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