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thresh´ing ( דּוּשׁ , dūsh ; ἀλοάω , aloáō ): Dūsh means literally, "to trample out." In Jeremiah 51:33 , דּרך , dārakh , is used of threshing. Fitches and cummin were beaten off with a rod. The distinction between beating and threshing is made in Isaiah 28:27 . Gideon, in order to avoid being seen by the Midianites, beat out his wheat in a wine press instead of threshing it on the threshing-floor (Judges 6:11 ). For a general description of the threshing operations see AGRICULTURE .

Figurative : "Thou shalt thresh the mountains," i.e. thou wilt overcome great difficulties ( Isaiah 41:15 ). Babylon's destruction was foretold poetically in the language of the threshing-floor (Isaiah 21:10; Jeremiah 51:33; Daniel 2:35 ); Zion's foes would be gathered as sheaves on the threshing-floor (Micah 4:12 , Micah 4:13; compare 2 Kings 13:7; Amos 1:3; Habakkuk 3:12 ); threshing unto the vintage, i.e. throughout the summer, indicated an extra abundant yield (Leviticus 26:5 ).

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Threshing'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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