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The Hebrew word qatsar and the Greek koloboo literally indicate abbreviation of time or space (Psalms 89:45; Proverbs 10:27; Ezekiel 42:5); figuratively they point to limitation of power or of suffering (Numbers 11:23; Isaiah 50:2; 59:1; Matthew 24:22; Mark 13:20).

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