Easton's Bible Dictionary: M. G. Easton, M.A., D.D.
A runner, or courier, for the rapid transmission of letters, etc. (
2 Chr. 30:6; Esther 3:13, 15, 8:10, 14; Job 9:25; Jer. 51:31
). Such messengers were used from very early times. Those employed by the Hebrew kings had a military character (
1 Sam. 22:17; 2 Ki. 10:25
, "guard," marg. "runners"). The modern system of postal communication was first established by Louis XI. of France in A.D. 1464.
This word sometimes also is used for lintel or threshold (
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