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Leaf; Leaves

LEAF; LEAVES

lef, levz:

Used in three different senses, with reference:

(1) To trees (`aleh, "a coming up"), Genesis 3:7; 8:11; Leviticus 26:36 (Tereph); Ezekiel 17:9; phullon. Figuratively

(a) of spiritual blessings (Ezekiel 47:12; compare Revelation 22:2) and prosperity (Psalms 1:3);

(b) of moral decay (Isaiah 64:6), and

(c) of a formal, empty profession (Matthew 21:19).

(2) To a book (deleth), Jeremiah 36:23 (margin "columns"; see 36:2); as the parchment was gradually unfolded the successive columns could be read.

(3) To doors (tsela`, "side," qela`,"a screen," "hanging"), 1 Kings 6:34. The door of the Holy Place consisted of two halves, but each half had two leaves (compare Ezekiel 41:24).

M. O. Evans


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