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The KJV term for a taskmaster or a tax collector used only at Isaiah 60:17 . Most often the KJV translated the underlying Hebrew word as oppressor (Job 3:18 ; Isaiah 3:12 ; Isaiah 9:3 ; Isaiah 14:2 ,Isaiah 14:2,14:4 ; Zechariah 9:8 ; Zechariah 10:4 ). Elsewhere the term is translated taskmaster, one who “exacts” labor (Exodus 3:7 ) or as raiser of taxes (Daniel 11:20 ). The image is of one who drives people like a mule driver drives his beast (Job 39:7 ). Isaiah's picture is striking. In the future God is preparing the only “rule” known will be peace, the only “oppression” known will be righteousness (Isaiah 60:17 ).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Exactor'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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