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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
tā´bẽr ( תּפף , tāphaph , "to strike a timbrel" (( Psalm 68:25 )): The word is used only once in the King James Version, namely, in the exceedingly graphic account of the capture of Nineveh given in Nahum 2:7 . The queen (perhaps the city personified) is dishonored and led into ignominious captivity, followed by a mourning retinue of "maids of honor" who taber upon, that is, beat violently, their breasts. Such drumming on the breasts was a gesture indicative of great grief (Luke 18:3 ).
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Taber'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/t/taber.html. 1915.