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rānj : "Range" and "rank" have the same derivation, and in the sense of a "row" (of men, etc.) they were formerly interchangeable. "Range" with this meaning is found in 2 Kings 11:8 , 2 Kings 11:15 the King James Version parallel 2 Chronicles 23:14 (the Revised Version (British and American) "rank"; שׂדרה , sedhērāh , "row"). Hence, "to range" is "to set in a line" (Judith 2:16; 2 Macc 12:20, diatássō ) or "to move in a line" or, simply, "to roam," whence "a ranging bear" (Proverbs 28:15 ; שׁקק , shāḳaḳ , "run to and fro"). A cooking "range" is a stove on which pots, etc., can be set in a row, but the כּירים , kı̄rayim of Leviticus 11:35 is a much more primitive affair, composed, probably, of two plates ( kı̄rayim is a dual). In Job 39:8 "range of the mountains" is good modern use, but יתר , ythr , should be pointed yāthūr (not yethūr as in Massoretic Text) and connected with tūr , "search." So translate. "He searcheth out the mountains as his pasture."

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

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