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Pin

PIN

(yathedh, from yathadh, "to drive in a peg"(?)):

A cylindrical piece of wood or metal (e.g. brass, Exodus 27:19) such as that used by weavers in beating up the woof in the loom (Judges 16:14, where Delilah fastened Samson's hair with the "pin"); or as a peg for hanging (Ezekiel 15:3; compare Isaiah 22:23; Ezra 9:8); or as a tent-pin, such as those used in the tabernacle (Exodus 27:19; 35:18; 38:20,31; 39:40; Numbers 3:37; 4:32; Judges 4:21, where the King James Version translates "nail," the Revised Version (British and American) "tent-pin"; compare Judges 5:26, where Hebrew has the same word, English Versions of the Bible "nail"). The tent-pin, like that of today, was probably sharpened at one end (Judges 4:21) and so shaped at the other as to permit the attaching of the cords so frequently mentioned in the same connection (Exodus 35:18; 39:40; Numbers 3:37; 4:32; compare Isaiah 33:20). From the acts of driving in the tent-pin (Taqa`) and pulling it out (nasa') are derived the technical Hebrew terms for pitching a tent and for breaking camp.

See also CRISPING PINS (Isaiah 3:22, the Revised Version (British and American) "satchels"); STAKE.

Nathan Isaacs


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