Occupational Objects
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Planes [Heb. maqṣuʿôṯ] (Isa. 44:13). Carpenter’s tools for scraping, planing, or removing wood, mentioned only here, in connection with the fashioning of an idol. (The NEB renders this noun verbally, “he planes the wood.”) The verbal root (qṣʿ, “scrape”) is used at least once, in Lev. 14:41, where
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
CHISEL. A carpenter’s tool used in the making of a wooden idol (Isa 44:13, JerusB). The Heb. term maqṣu˓ôth is probably better translated “chisels” instead of “planes” (KJV, RSV, etc.). In Isaiah’s time the more primitive chisel and adz still were used in place of the plane.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
PLANE (Heb. maqṣū˓â, a “scraper”). A carpenter’s tool, perhaps a chisel (so NIV) or carving tool (Isa. 44:13). See Handicrafts.
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
CHISEL English term NIV uses to translate several Hebrew expressions for working with wood and stone. The verb pasal means to hew out or dress stone (Exod. 34:1; Deut. 10:1; 1 Kings 5:18; Hab. 2:18). Garzen is an ax used in the stone quarries or forests (Deut. 19:5; 1 Kings 6:7). Choqqi is a verbal noun
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 4, M–P
plane. This English term, referring to a carpenter’s tool used for smoothing or carving wood, is used by the KJV and other versions to render Hebrew maqṣuʿâ H5244, which occurs only once (Isa. 44:13; NIV, “chisels”).
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
PLANE [מַקְצוּעָהmaqtsuʿah]. A carpenter fashioning an idol uses a plane to smooth the surface and prepare it for carving and finishing (Isa 44:13). The prophet considers the skill associated with this task to be wasted on its product. See TOOLS.
See also
Topics & Themes