The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Compass [Heb. meḥûg̱â, sāḇaḇ]; NEB also “make the circuit” (sāḇaḇ). The term “compass” occurs only twice in the RSV; in Isa. 44:13 the noun meḥûgâ describes a pair of compasses (NEB “callipers”) used in woodwork. The term sāḇaḇ, often rendered “compass” or “fetch a compass” by the
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
COMPASSVarious Heb. words are used. The noun forms suggest a circle or sphere (Prov 8:27; Job 26:10); a compass, circuit, or margin (Ex 27:5; 38:4); compass or instrument for describing a circle (Isa 44:13); what is round about (1 Kgs 7:35). The verb forms frequently mean to surround, go round about
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
COMPASS (Heb. mĕḥûgâ). An architect’s tool which, as the Heb. word suggests (“circle”), was used to define round or circular measurement (Isa. 44:13).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
COMPASS; COMPASSES<kum’-pas>, <kum’-pas-iz>: “Compass,” noun, is the translation of [חוּג‎, chugh], “a circle,” “vault” or “arch” (“when he set a compass upon the face of the depth” Proverbs 8:27 the King James Version, the Revised Version (British and American), the American Standard Revised
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
compass. In the NIV and other modern versions, this term occurs only once, being used to render the Hebrew noun mĕḥûgâ H4684 (Isa. 44:13). It refers to some kind of circle instrument used by the carpenter or wood carver. The prophet satirizes the skilled craftsman who traces the pattern of an idol
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Compass, Compasses
COMPASS, kumʹpas, COMPASSES, kumʹpas-iz: “Compass,” noun, is the tr of חוּג‎, ḥūgh, “a circle,” “vault” or “arch” (“when he set a compass upon the face of the depth” Prov 8:27 AV, RV, ARV “circle”; cf Job 26:10; and see Circle; Vault of Earth); of כַּרְכֹּב‎, karkōbh, “a margin,” “border” (Ex 27:5, “the
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