Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #4912 - מָשָׁל
1) proverb, parable
1a) proverb, proverbial saying, aphorism
1c) similitude, parable
1e) sentences of ethical wisdom, ethical maxims
V) lsm (מסהל MShL) - I. Rule: II. Compare:To compare one thing to another in the sense of a rule of measurement, often a proverb or parable. KJV (97): (vf: Paal, Niphal, Hiphil, Hitpael, Piel, Participle) rule, ruler, reign, dominion, governor, power, like, proverb, speak, use, become, compare, utter - Strongs: H4910 (מָשַׁל), H4911 (מָשַׁל)
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מָשָׁל m. Arab. مَشَلُ, Syr. ܡܰܬܠܳ [Ch. מַתְלָא]
(1) similitude, parable, Ezekiel 17:2, 24:3.
(2) sentence, opinion, γνώμη, sententious saying, (such as consists in the ingenious comparison of two things or opinions, compare Proverbs 26:1, Proverbs 26:2, Proverbs 26:3, Proverbs 26:6, Proverbs 26:7, Proverbs 26:8, Proverbs 26:9, 11 Proverbs 26:11, 14 Proverbs 26:14, 17 Proverbs 26:17, chap. 25, seq.), Proverbs 1:1, 10:1 25:1 26:7, Proverbs 26:9; Ecclesiastes 12:9; Job 13:12; 1 Kings 5:12. Sentences of this kind often pass into proverbs (1 Samuel 24:13); hence מָשָׁל is
(3) a proverb, παροιμία, e.g. 1 Samuel 10:12; Ezekiel 12:2, Ezekiel 12:3, 12:22, 23 Ezekiel 12:23(compare παραβολή, Lu. 4:13 ).
(4) generally a song, poem, the particular verses of which (by what are called the laws of parallelism) commonly consist of two hemistichs of similar argument and form; specially used of a prophecy, Numbers 23:7, 18 Numbers 23:18 of a discourse or a didactic poem, Job 27:1, 29:1 Psalms 49:5, 78:2 often used of a derisive poem, Isaiah 14:4; Micah 2:4; Habakkuk 2:6. הָיָה לְמָשָׁל וְלִשְׁנִינָה to become a by-word, Deuteronomy 28:37; 1 Kings 9:7. (Arabic مَشَلُ parable, fable, sentence; plur. أمْثَالُ verses.)
מָשָׁל [Mashal], pr.n.; see מִשְׁאָל.
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