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pô ( כּף , kaph , literally, "palm," יד , yādh , literally, "hand"): The former ( kaph ) is applied to the soft paws of animals in contradistinction to the hoofs ( Leviticus 11:27 ); the latter is thrice used in 1 Samuel 17:37 : "Yahweh that delivered me out of the paw ( yādh ) of the lion, and out of the paw (yādh ) of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand (yādh ) of this Philistine." The verb "to paw" (חפר , ḥāphar ) is found in the description of the horse: "He paweth (margin "they paw") in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth out to meet the armed men (margin, "the weapons")" (Job 39:21 ). The word is usually translated "to delve into," "to pry into," "to explore."

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

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