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Warlike invention.

And Uzziah prepared for them throughout all the host shields, and spears, and helmets, and habergeons, and bows, and slings to cast stones. And he made in Jerusalem ENGINEs, invented by cunning men, to be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stones withal. ( 2 Chronicles 1:1 Galatians 26:14-15 )

Source: A King James Dictionary. (Used with permission. Copyright © Philip P. Kapusta)

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"Entry for 'Engine'". A King James Dictionary.

Engine, [N]

a term applied exclusively to military affairs in the Bible. The engines to which the term is applied in ( 2 Chronicles 26:15 ) were designed to propel various missiles from the walls of the besieged town. One, with which the Hebrews were acquainted, was the battering ram, described in ( Ezekiel 26:9 ) and still more precisely in ( Ezekiel 4:2 ; 21:22 )

[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible

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Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Engine,'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.


en'-jin (2 Chronicles 26:15; Ezekiel 26:9; 1 Maccabees 6:51; 13:43).


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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'ENGINE'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.