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is the rendering in the A.V. usually of שֻׁלְחָן, shulchâ n (New Test. τράπεζα, likewise invariably so translated, except Luke 19:23 ["bank"]'; Acts 16:34 ["meat"]), so called from being extended (שָׁלִח ; comp. Homer, Od. 10:37; and see Psalms 69:23), and denoting especially a table spread with food (Judges 1:7; 1 Samuel 20:29; 1 Samuel 20:34; 1 Kings 5:7; 1 Kings 10:5; Job 36:16; Nehemiah 5:17); but spoken likewise of the table of shew-bread (see below), and likewise of the lectisternia prepared before idols (Isaiah 45:11; see. Schumann, De Lectisferniis in Sacro Cod. [Lips. 1739]). For the "tables" of stone on which the Decalogue was engraved, see below. The word. מֵסֵב, mesâ b, a divan (q.v.), is once rendered "at table" (Song of Solomon 1, 12). (See SITTING).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Table'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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