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Token

TOKEN

to'-k'-n ('oth, usually rendered "sign" (on Deuteronomy 22:14 see the comms.)):

"Sign" and "token" are virtually synonymous words and in the King James Version are used with little or no distinction (in Exodus 13, compare 13:9 and 16). If there is any difference, "token" is perhaps more concrete and palpable than "sign," but this difference cannot be stressed. The modern use of "token," however, as a "memorial of something past" found in Numbers 17:10; Joshua 2:12. the Revised Version (British and American) has substituted sign in Exodus 13:16; Psalms 135:9; Isaiah 44:25, and the American Standard Revised Version has "evidence" in Job 21:29 (a needlessly prosaic change). The four New Testament examples, Mark 14:44; Philippians 1:28; 2 Thessalonians 1:5; 3:17 (each for a different Greek word) are self-explanatory.

See SIGN.

Burton Scott Easton


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