lame on the feet ( Genesis 32:31 ; Psalms 38:17 ). To "halt between two opinions" ( 1 Kings 18:21 ) is supposed by some to be an expression used in "allusion to birds, which hop from spray to spray, forwards and backwards." The LXX. render the expression "How long go ye lame on both knees?" The Hebrew verb rendered "halt" is used of the irregular dance ("leaped upon") around the altar (ver. 26). It indicates a lame, uncertain gait, going now in one direction, now in another, in the frenzy of wild leaping.

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M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

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Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Halt". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .


Lame; crippled in the feet.

Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life HALT or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. ( Matthew 18:8 )

Source: A King James Dictionary. (Used with permission. Copyright © Philip P. Kapusta)

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"Entry for 'Halt'". A King James Dictionary.


holt (tsala`, "to limp"; cholos, "lame," "crippled"):

the American Standard Revised Version in Genesis 32:31 prefers "limped"; in Micah 4:6,7; Zec 3:19, "is (or was) lame"; in Luke 14:21, the American Standard Revised Version and the English Revised Version have "lame." In 1 Kings 18:21 a different word (pacach) is used in English Versions of the Bible of moral indecision: "How long halt ye between two opinions?" the American Standard Revised Version renders, "How long go ye limping between the two sides?"

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