Post [N] [S]

  • A runner, or courier, for the rapid transmission of letters, etc. ( 2 Chronicles 30:6 ; Esther 3:13 Esther 3:15 ; Esther 8:10 Esther 8:14 ; Job 9:25 ; Jeremiah 51:31 ). Such messengers were used from very early times. Those employed by the Hebrew kings had a military character ( 1 Samuel 22:17 ; 2 Kings 10:25 , "guard," marg. "runners"). The modern system of postal communication was first established by Louis XI. of France in A.D. 1464.

  • This word sometimes also is used for lintel or threshold ( Isaiah 6:4 ).

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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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  • Post

    A runner; courier.

    One POST shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to show the king of Babylon that his city is taken at one end, and that the passages are stopped, and the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are affrighted. ( Jeremiah 51:31-32 )

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

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

    Post. [N] [E]

    1. Probably, as Gesenius argues, the door-case of a door, including the lintel and side posts. The posts of the doors of the temple were of olive wood. ( 1 Kings 6:33 )
    2. A courier or carrier of messages, used among other places in ( Job 9:25 )

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


    post (ruts, "to run," ratsim, "runners"):

    The "runners" formed the royal guard (1 Samuel 22:17; 1 Kings 14:27; 2 Kings 11:4,13; see GUARD). From them were chosen the couriers who carried royal letters and dispatches throughout the kingdom (2 Chronicles 30:6,10; Esther 3:13,15; Jeremiah 51:31). In the Persian service they were mounted on the swiftest horses (Esther 8:10,14; compare Xenophon, Cyrop. viii.6,17; Herodotus viii.98). They had the right to command the service of either men or animals in order to expedite their progress (compare Matthew 5:41; Mark 15:21, "compel," "impress").

    Used in Job 9:25 and the King James Version The Wisdom of Solomon 5:9 (aggelia, the Revised Version (British and American) "message") of the swift passage of time.

    See also HOUSE, II, 1, (4), (7).

    M. O. Evans

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