Easton's Bible Dictionary: M. G. Easton, M.A., D.D.


  1. Heb.hereb, "the waster," a sharp instrument for circumcision (Josh. 5:2,3, lit. "knives of flint;" comp. Ex. 4:25); a razor (Ezek. 5:1); a graving tool (Ex. 20:25); an axe (Ezek. 26:9).
  2. Heb.maakeleth, a large knife for slaughtering and cutting up food (Gen. 22:6, 10; Pr. 30:14).
  3. Heb.sakkin, a knife for any purpose, a table knife (Pr. 23:2).
  4. Heb.mahalaph, a butcher's knife for slaughtering the victims offered in sacrifice (Ezra 1:9).
  5. Smaller knives (Heb.ta'ar, Jer. 36:26) were used for sharpening pens. The pruning-knives mentioned in Isa. 18:5 (Heb.mizmaroth) were probably curved knives.

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