The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Bow (קֶשֶׁת‎, qesheth). A weapon used in long range attacks (e.g., Gen 27:3; Gen 49:24; Josh 24:12; 1 Sam 18:4; 2 Sam 1:22; 22:35; 1 Kgs 22:34; Ps 7:12; Isa 21:15; Jer 6:23; Rev 6:2). For further information on weapons in the ancient world, see this article: War in the Ancient Near East.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Bowstrings, Fresh
Bowstrings, Fresh [Heb. yeṯārîm laḥîm] (Jgs. 16:7–9); AV GREEN WITHS. The Heb. yeṯer, used elsewhere for bowstring (e.g., Ps. 11:2) and perhaps tent cord (Job 4:21), used here with laḥ (“moist”) apparently refers to the sinews of slaughtered cattle, which would contract in drying.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
bowstring, the lanyard spanning the two ends of a bow. Delilah used a bowstring to bind Samson, but he broke it easily (Judg. 16:7, 9). The exact composition of that bowstring is not clear from the text.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
BOW One of the chief weapons of the ancient world, along with the sword, spear, and sling. In biblical imagery, the bow (and arrow) was a symbol of war and dread.It is likely that the bow and arrow first appeared in the Near East with the Akkadians and spread to the different peoples of Mesopotamia
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
BowThe bow was in use in early times both in war and in the chase (Gen. 21:20; 27:3; 48:22). The tribe of Benjamin were famous for the use of the bow (1 Chr. 8:40; 12:2; 2 Chr. 14:8; 17:17); so also were the Elamites (Isa. 22:6) and the Lydians (Jer. 46:9). The Hebrew word commonly used for bow means
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Bowstringbowstring, the lanyard spanning the two ends of a bow (kjv: ‘withe’). Delilah used a bowstring to bind Samson, but he broke it easily (Judg. 16:7, 9). The exact composition of that bowstring is not clear from the text.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
WITHES, WITHS, GREEN<withs>, (יַתָרִים לַחִים[yetharim lachim], margin “new bowstrings,” the King James Version margin “new (moist) cords” (Jdg 16:7); Septuagint [νευρὰ ὑγρά, neura hugra]): The material with which Samson was bound by Delilah (Jdg 16:8) was probably some moist “gut” such
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Bow (to rhyme with flow). (Anglo-Saxon, boga; verb, bogan or bugan, to arch.)Draw not your bow till your arrow is fixed. Have everything ready before you begin.He has a famous bow up at the castle. Said of a braggart or pretender.He has two strings to his bow. Two means of accomplishing his object;
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Withs. The word occurs but once (Judg. 16:7), and then the better rendering would have been “new (moist) cords.” The Saxon word “with” means a supple twig or piece of fresh bark used for twining or wicker-work.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 5, Q–Z
Withe (Withs)
withe (withs). The English term withe refers to a flexible twig used as a band. In the plural spelling withs, it is used by the KJV to render yeter H3857 in one passage (Jdg. 16:7–9), referring to the “seven fresh bowstrings” (NRSV, NIV mg.) with which Delilah bound Samson. The Hebrew word is clearly