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Gouging
Gouging the Eyes
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Gouging
Gouging. Common practice among the Philistines. Amorites, Babylonians, and other nations surrounding Israel (Jgs 16:21; 2 Kgs 25:7) of forcibly removing the eyes. The practice was not only intended to disable but to bring extreme disgrace upon the person (1 Sm 11:2). Although the Israelites seem to have
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Gouging
GOUGING Common practice among the Philistines, Amorites, Babylonians, and other nations surrounding Israel (Jgs 16:21; 2 Kgs 25:7) of forcibly removing the eyes. The practice was intended not only to disable but also to bring extreme disgrace upon the person (1 Sm 11:2). Although the Israelites seem
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Gouging the Eyes
GOUGING THE EYES Cruel and degrading punishment sometimes inflicted on conquered peoples in biblical times. The Philistines put out Samson’s eyes (Judg. 16:21). Nahash offered to make peace with the people of Gilead on the condition that he put out the right eye of every man in the city and thus bring
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
GOUGING EYES
GOUGING EYES [נָקַרnaqar; ἐκκόπτω ekkoptō]. This verb means “bore, pick, dig,” and is often used with the object “eyes,” where it means “gouge out.” Dathan and Abiram accuse Moses of planning to gouge out the eyes of those challenging him (Num 16:14). The Philistines gouge out Samson’s eyes after