Also see definition of "Heifer" in Word Study
Study Dictionary
Index A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Table of Contents
NAVE: Heifer
EBD: Heifer
SMITH: HEIFER
ISBE: HEIFER
Heed | Heed, Taking Of | Heel | Hegai | Hegemonides | Heifer | Heifer, Red | Heights | Heir | Helah | Helam

Heifer

Heifer [EBD]

Heb. 'eglah, (Deut. 21:4, 6; Jer. 46:20). Untrained to the yoke (Hos. 10:11); giving milk (Isa. 7:21); ploughing (Judg. 14:18); treading out grain (Jer. 50:11); unsubdued to the yoke an emblem of Judah (Isa. 15:5; Jer. 48:34).

Heb. parah (Gen. 41:2; Num. 19:2). Bearing the yoke (Hos. 4:16); "heifers of Bashan" (Amos 4:1), metaphorical for the voluptuous females of Samaria. The ordinance of sacrifice of the "red heifer" described in Num. 19:1-10; comp. Heb. 9:13.

Heifer [NAVE]

HEIFER
When used as sacrifice, must be without blemish and must not have come under the yoke, Num. 19:2; Deut. 21:3.
An atonement for murder, Deut. 21:1-9.
The red heifer used for the water of separation, Num. 19; Heb. 9:13.
Used for draught, Judg. 14:18; for treading out wheat, Hos. 10:11.
Tractable, Hos. 10:11.
Intractable, Hos. 4:16.
See: Kine; Offering.
Figurative
Of backsliders, Hos. 4:16.
Of the obedient, Hos. 10:11.

HEIFER [SMITH]

(1 Samuel 6:7-12; Job 21:10; Isaiah 7:21) The heifer or young cow was not commonly used for ploughing, but only for treading out the corn. (Hosea 10:11) but see Judg 14:18 When it ran about without any headstall, (26:4) hence the expression an "unbroken heifer," (Hosea 4:16) Authorized Version "backsliding" to which Israel is compared.

HEIFER [ISBE]

HEIFER - hef'-er (parah, in Nu 19(see following article) and Hos 4:16; `eghlah, elsewhere in the Old Testament; damalis, in Heb 9:13):For the "heifer of three years old" in the King James Version, the Revised Version margin of Isa 15:5; Jer 48:34, see EGLATH-SHELISHIYAH. A young cow (contrast BULLOCK). The `eghlah figures specifically in religious rites only in the ceremony of Dt 21:1-9 for the cleansing of the land, where an unexpiated murder had been committed. This was not a sacrificial rite--the priests are witnesses only, and the animal was slain by breaking the neck--but sacrificial purity was required for the heifer. Indeed, it is commonly supposed that the rite as it now stands is a rededication of one that formerly had been sacrificial. In the sacrifices proper the heifer could be used for a peace offering (Lev 3:1), but was forbidden for the burnt (Lev 1:3) or sin (Lev 4:3,14) offerings. Hence, the sacrifice of 1 Sam 16:2 was a peace offering. In Gen 15:9 the ceremony of the ratification of the covenant by God makes use of a heifer and a she-goat, but the reason for the use of the females is altogether obscure. Compare following article.

Figuratively: The heifer appears as representing sleekness combined with helplessness in Jer 46:20 (compare the comparison of the soldiers to `stalled calves' in the next verse). In Jer 50:11; Hos 10:11, the heifer is pictured as engaged in threshing. This was particularly light work, coupled with unusually abundant food (Dt 25:4), so that the threshing heifer served especially well for a picture of contentment. ("Wanton" in Jer 50:11, however, is an unfortunate translation in the Revised Version (British and American).) Hosea, in contrast, predicts that the "heifers" shall be set to the hard work of plowing and breaking the sods. In Jdg 14:18, Samson uses "heifer" in his riddle to refer to his wife. This, however, was not meant to convey the impression of licentiousness that it gives the modern reader.

Burton Scott Easton


Also see definition of "Heifer" in Word Study


TIP #09: Tell your friends ... become a ministry partner ... use the NET Bible on your site. [ALL]
created in 0.04 seconds
powered by bible.org