A runner; courier.
One POST shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to show the king of Babylon that his city is taken at one end, and that the passages are stopped, and the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are affrighted. ( Jeremiah 51:31-32 )
post (ruts, "to run," ratsim, "runners"):
The "runners" formed the royal guard (1 Samuel 22:17; 1 Kings 14:27; 2 Kings 11:4,13; see GUARD). From them were chosen the couriers who carried royal letters and dispatches throughout the kingdom (2 Chronicles 30:6,10; Esther 3:13,15; Jeremiah 51:31). In the Persian service they were mounted on the swiftest horses (Esther 8:10,14; compare Xenophon, Cyrop. viii.6,17; Herodotus viii.98). They had the right to command the service of either men or animals in order to expedite their progress (compare Matthew 5:41; Mark 15:21, "compel," "impress").
Used in Job 9:25 and the King James Version The Wisdom of Solomon 5:9 (aggelia, the Revised Version (British and American) "message") of the swift passage of time.
See also HOUSE, II, 1, (4), (7).
M. O. Evans
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