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Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary
The Scriptures not only mean by this word to describe the heavens and the earth, but not unfrequently it is put for the people. Hence the apostle saith, "the world (that is, mankind) by wisdom knew not God." (1 Corinthians 1:21) The term by which the Hebrews marked the universe, was Thebel.
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Hawker, Robert D.D. Entry for 'World'. Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance and Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/pmd/w/world.html. London. 1828.