Meadow [S]

  • Heb. ha'ahu ( Genesis 41:2 Genesis 41:18 ), probably an Egyptain word transferred to the Hebrew; some kind of reed or water-plant. In the Revised Version it is rendered "reed-grass", i.e., the sedge or rank grass by the river side.

  • Heb. ma'areh ( Judges 20:33 ), pl., "meadows of Gibeah" (RSV, after the LXX., "Maareh-geba"). Some have adopted the rendering "after Gibeah had been left open." The Vulgate translates the word "from the west."

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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 Meadow". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

  • Meadow. [E]

    1. In ( Genesis 41:2 Genesis 41:18 ) meadow appears to be an Egyptian term meaning some kind of flag or waterplant, as its use in ( Job 8:11 ) (Authorized Version "flag") seems to show.
    2. In ( Judges 20:33 ) the sense of the Hebrew word translated meadow is doubly uncertain. The most plausible interpretation is that of the Peshito-Syriac, which by a slight difference in the vowel-points makes the word mearah , "the cave."
    [E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary

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    Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Meadow'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.



    (1) `aroth, "the meadows (the King James Version "paper reeds") by the Nile" (Isaiah 19:7); ma`areh-gabha`, the King James Version "meadows of Gibeah," the Revised Version (British and American) "Maareh-geba," the Revised Version margin "the meadow of Geba, or Gibeah" (Judges 20:33); from `arah, "to be naked"; compare Arabic ariya, "to be naked," `ara'a', "a bare tract of land." `Aroth and ma`areh signify tracts bare of trees.

    (2) 'achu, in Pharaoh's dream of the kine, the King James Version "meadow," the Revised Version (British and American) "reed grass" (Genesis 41:2,18). 'Achu is found also in Job 8:11, the King James Version and the Revised Version (British and American) "flag," the Revised Version margin "reed-grass." According to Gesenius, achu is an Egyptian word denoting the vegetation of marshy ground.

    (3) 'abhel keramim, "Abel-cheramim," the Revised Version margin "The meadow of vineyards," the King James Version "the plain (the King James Version margin, "Abel") of the vineyards" (Judges 11:33); "Abel-beth-maacah" (1 Kings 15:20; 2 Kings 15:29; compare 2 Samuel 20:14,15,18); "Abel-shittim" (Numbers 33:49; compare Numbers 25:1; Joshua 2:1; 3:1; Judges 7:22; Joel 3:18; Micah 6:5); "Abel-meholah" (Judges 7:22; 1 Kings 4:12; 19:16); "Abel-maim" (2 Chronicles 16:4); "Abel-mizraim" (Genesis 50:11); "stone," the King James Version "Abel," the Revised Version margin "Abel," that is "a meadow" (1 Samuel 6:18); compare Arabic 'abal, "green grass," and 'abalat, "unhealthy marshy ground," from wabal, "to rain."

    Alfred Ely Day

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