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is the rendering of several words in the A.V. Usually the Heb. term is כָּרָע , karla' (only in the dual כְּרָעִיַם ), the lower limb or shank of an animal (Exodus 12:9; Exodus 29:17; Leviticus 1:9; Leviticus 1:13; Leviticus 4:11; Leviticus 8:21; Leviticus 9:14; Amos 3:12) or a locust (Leviticus 11:21); the σκέλος of a man (John 19:31-33). שֹׁוֹק, shô k (Chald. שָׁק, shâ k, of an image, Daniel 2:33), is properly the shin or lower part of the leg, but used of the whole limb, e.g. of a person (Deuteronomy 28:13; Psalms 147:10; Proverbs 26:7; "thigh," Isaiah 47:2; in the phrase "hip [q.v.] and thigh," Judges 15:7; spoken also of the drawers or leggins, Song of Solomon v. 15); also the "heave shoulder" (q.v.) of the sacrifice (Exodus 29:22, etc.; 1 Samuel 9:24). Once by an extension of רֶגֶל, re'gel (1 Samuel 17:6), properly a foot (as usually rendered). Elsewhere improperly for שֹׁבֶל , sho'bel, the train or trailing dress of a female (Isaiah 47:2); and צְעָדָה , tseada', a step-chain for the feet, or perh. bracelet for the wrist ("ornament of the leg," Isaiah 3:20). (See THIGH).

Goliath's greaves for his legs doubtless extended from the knee to the foot (1 Samuel 17:6). (See GREAVES). The bones of the legs of persons crucified were broken to hasten their death (John 19:31). (See CRUCIFIXION).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Leg'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/l/leg.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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