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Bible Encyclopedias

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Measuring Line

( קו , ḳaw , קוה , ḳeweh ): The usual meaning is simply line, rope or cord, in Isaiah 28:10 , Isaiah 28:13 , but the line was used for measurement, as is evident from such passages as 1 Kings 7:23; Job 38:5; Jeremiah 31:39 . Whether the line for measuring had a definite length or not we have no means of knowing. In Isaiah 44:13 it refers to the line used by the carpenter in marking the timber on which he is working, and in Zechariah 1:16 it refers to the builder's line.

Figuratively : It signifies destruction, or a portion of something marked off by line for destruction, as in 2 Kings 21:13; or for judgment, as in Isaiah 28:17 .

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Measuring Line'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/m/measuring-line.html. 1915.

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