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ı̄´lid : Eyes and eyelids in Hebrew are sometimes used synonymously, as in the parallelism of Proverbs 4:25 (compare Proverbs 6:4 ; Proverbs 30:13 ):

"Let thine eyes look right on,

And let thine eyelids look straight before thee."

(Compare Job 41:18 ; Psalm 11:4 ; Jeremiah 9:18 .) The alluring power of the wanton woman is conceived of as centered in her eyes (Proverbs 6:25 ; Isaiah 3:16 ): "Neither let her take thee with her eyelids." Painting the eyelids was resorted to to intensify the beauty, antimony (which see) being used for darkening the lashes ( 2 Kings 9:30 ; Jeremiah 4:30 ; Ezekiel 23:40 ).

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

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