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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Sheath [Heb. taʿar; cf. Ugar. tʿrt] (1 S. 17:51; 2 S. 20:8; Ezk. 21:3–5, 30 [MT 8–10, 35]); NEB SCABBARD, SHEATHE; [nāḏān] (1 Ch. 21:27); NEB SHEATHE; [niphal of ʿûr, emended to hiphil of ʿārâ—‘uncover, lay bare’] (“strip the sheath from,” Hab. 3:9); AV “make naked” NEB CASE; [Gk. thé̄kē] (Jn.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
SHEATH. The case or covering for the blade of a sword, a scabbard (1 Chr 21:27; Ezk 21:3–5; Jn 18:11). The leather or metal sheath was attached to the belt or girdle, usually on the left side.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
SCABBARD (Heb. ta˓ar; Jer. 47:6, KJV, NIV; also 1 Sam. 17:51; Ezek. 21:3, 5, 30, NIV). A sheath (cf. NASB readings) for a sword, dagger, or bayonet. See Armor, Arms.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
SHEATH — the carrying case for a knife, dagger, or sword. The Bible mentions the sheaths of Goliath (1 Sam. 17:51; scabbard, NIV), Joab (2 Sam. 20:8), and Simon Peter (John 18:11), and symbolically the sheath from which God’s sword is drawn in judgment (1 Chr. 21:27; Ezek. 21:3–5, 30).
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
SHEATH Protective holder for sword attached to a belt. See Arms and Armor; Sword.
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
SHEATH [תַּעַרtaʿar, נָדָןnadhan; θήκη thēkē]. A case or holder for a sword, normally attached to the belt. Sheaths were not generally employed in early Israelite warfare, as most warriors carried a curved sword over the shoulder. Goliath, Joab, and an angel of the Lord in the OT (1 Sam 17:51; 2 Sam
SCABBARD [תַּעַרtaʿar]. Holster or covering for a sword (Jer 47:6). Elsewhere translated “SHEATH.”
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