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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #7198 - קֶשֶׁת
1a) bow (for hunting, battle)
1b) bowmen, archers
1c) bow (figuratively of might)
1435) sq (קסה QSh) AC: Gather CO: Stalk AB: ?: The pictograph q is a picture of the sun at the horizon and the gathering of the light, the s is a picture of the teeth representing pressure. Combined these mean "bring together and pressed". Once the grain stalks are harvested from the field, it is gathered into bundles and secured with a cord in the middle.
Jeff Benner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
קֶשֶׁת pl. קְשָׁתוֹת, constr. קַשְׁתוֹת, comm. (m. 2 Samuel 1:22 f. Psalms 18:35).
(1) a bow (from the root קוֹשׁ, of the form שַׁחַת, נַחַת, סֹלֶת; although ת servile afterwards becomes a radical letter, compare Aram. ܙܶܬܘܰܫܶܛ to shoot, see Lehrg. p. 439, 474. Arabic قَوْسُ bow)
(a) for shooting arrows, Genesis 21:16; Isaiah 13:18; Job 20:24, and frequently. דָּרַךְ קֶשֶׁת to draw a bow, see דָּרַךְ. בֶּן־קֶשֶׁת the son of a bow, i.e. an arrow, Job 41:20. Meton. bow is used
(α) for archers, אַנְשֵׁי קֶשֶׁת Isaiah 21:17, 22:3 Psalms 78:57, where קֶשֶׁת רְמִיָּה are deceitful archers (who deceive by a simulated flight). Compare קָצִיר used for reapers.
(β) the song of the bow, 2 Samuel 1:18, i.e. David’s elegy, composed on Saul and Jonathan, in which mention is made of the bow, verse 22 2 Samuel 1:22 on this manner of inscribing poems and books, used by the orientals, see Jones, on Asiatic Poetry, p. 269; my Comment. on Isaiah 22:1. In other places bow is used metaph. for strength and power; hence to break any one’s bow, i.e. to break his strength, to overturn his power, Hosea 1:5; Jeremiah 49:35; Job 29:20, “my bow is strengthened in my hand,” i.e. my strength increases; Genesis 49:24.
(b) the heavenly bow, the rainbow, Gr. τόξον, Genesis 9:13, seq.; Ezekiel 1:28. Hence denom.
the Week of Proper 14 / Ordinary 19