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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Measure.

2. (a.) Used in, or adapted for, ascertaining measurements, or dividing by measure.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

(qaw, qeweh): The usual meaning is simply line, rope or cord, in Isaiah 28:10, 13, but the line was used for measurement, as is evident from such passages as 1 Kings 7:23 Job 38:5 Jeremiah 31:39. Whether the line for measuring had a definite length or not we have no means of knowing. In Isaiah 44:13 it refers to the line used by the carpenter in marking the timber on which he is working, and in Zechariah 1:16 it refers to the builder's line.

Figuratively: It signifies destruction, or a portion of something marked off by line for destruction, as in 2 Kings 21:13; or for judgment, as in Isaiah 28:17.

H. Porter


(qeneh hamiddah; kalamos): Used in Ezekiel 40:5;; 42:16:00; 45:01:00; Revelation 11:1; Revelation 21:15, 16. The length of the reed is given as 6 cubits, each cubit being a cubit and a palm, i.e. the large cubit of 7 palms, or about 10 ft. See CUBIT. Originally it was an actual reed used for measurements of considerable length, but came at last to be used for a measure of definite length, as indicated by the reference in Ezekiel (compare "pole" in English measures).


mezh'-ur-ing (qeneh ha-middah): In Ezekiel's vision of the temple a "man" (an angel) appears with a "measuring reed" to measure the dimensions of the temple (Ezekiel 40:3; 42:16). The reed is described as 6 cubits long, "of a cubit and a handbreadth each," i.e. the cubit used was a handbreadth longer than the common cubit (see CUBIT; WEIGHTS AND MEASURES; TEMPLE). In the Apocalypse this idea of a measuring reed reappears for measuring the temple (Revelation 11:1) and the holy city (Revelation 21:15, 16, "a golden reed"). The thought conveyed is exactitude in the dimensions of these edifices, symbolic of the symmetry and perfection of God's church.

James Orr

3358. metron -- a measure
... a measure. Part of Speech: Noun, Neuter Transliteration: metron Phonetic Spelling:
(met'-ron) Short Definition: a measure, measuring rod Definition: a measure ...
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2563. kalamos -- a reed
... Masculine Transliteration: kalamos Phonetic Spelling: (kal'-am-os) Short Definition:
a reed, reed-pen Definition: a reed; a reed-pen, reed-staff, measuring rod ...
// - 6k

3356. metriopatheo -- to hold one's emotions in restraint
... 3356 (from , "mediating," derived from , "an instrument for measuring" and 3806 ,
"feeling") -- properly, to , ie with ("God-controlled "). ...
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3400. milion -- a Roman mile (about 1618 yards)
... Speech: Noun, Neuter Transliteration: milion Phonetic Spelling: (mil'-ee-on) Short
Definition: a Roman mile Definition: a Roman mile, measuring 1478.5 meters ...
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Strong's Hebrew
2256a. chebel -- cord, territory, band
... cord, territory, band NASB Word Usage allotment (1), coast (1), cord (2), cords
(13), group (2), line (4), lines (2), measurement (1), measuring line (1 ...
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2339. chut -- thread, cord, line
... cord, fillet, line, thread. From an unused root probably meaning to sew; a string;
by implication, a measuring tape -- cord, fillet, line, thread. 2338, 2339 ...
/hebrew/2339.htm - 6k

6961. qaveh -- a line
... line From qavah; a (measuring) cord (as if for binding) -- line. see HEBREW
qavah. 6960b, 6961. qaveh. 6961a . Strong's Numbers.
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6957. qav -- line
... line Or qav {kawv}; from qavah (compare qaveh); a cord (as connecting), especially
for measuring; figuratively, a rule; also a rim, a musical string or accord ...
/hebrew/6957.htm - 5k

4060a. middah -- measure, measurement, stature, size, a garment
... stature, size, a garment NASB Word Usage area (1), extent (1), measure (6), measurement
(7), measurements (13), measures of volume (1), measuring (10), robes (1 ...
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5608. saphar -- to count, recount, relate
... to count, recount, relate NASB Word Usage assigned (1), count (17), counted (6),
counts (2), declare (6), declared (2), elapse (1), measuring (1), number (3 ...
/hebrew/5608.htm - 6k

4060. middah -- measure, measurement, stature, size, a garment
... mid-daw') Short Definition: garment. garment, measuring, piece, size, great
stature, tribute, wide Feminine of mad; properly, extension ...
/hebrew/4060.htm - 5k

4971. mathkoneth -- measurement, tally, proportion
... Or mathkuneth {math-koo'-neth}; from takan in the transferred sense of measuring;
proportion (in size, number or ingredients) -- composition, measure, state ...
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2256. chebel -- cord, territory, band
... Or chebel {khay'-bel}; from chabal; a rope (as twisted), especially a measuring
line; by implication, a district or inheritance (as measured); or a noose (as ...
/hebrew/2256.htm - 6k

6957b. qav -- a line
... a line. Transliteration: qav Short Definition: line. Word Origin from qavah Definition
a line NASB Word Usage circumference* (1), line (16), measuring line (3). ...
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The Sixth Ennead Cfirst Tractate. On the Kinds of Being (1).
... not; and secondly, the numbers inhere in the objects as measures [of extension or
weight], yet as standing outside the objects they have no measuring power, as ...
/.../plotinus/the six enneads/the sixth ennead cfirst tractate.htm

The Kingdom Conquering the World
... Am I measuring up to the plan of God? Is this church measuring up to the plan of
God? V. Outline of Contents: 1. The Kingdom's Witness in the City. ...
/.../palmer/a birds-eye view of the bible/ix the kingdom conquering the.htm

The New Jerusalem.
... And he, who talked with me, had a golden measuring-reed to measure the city,
and its gates, and its wall. And the city lieth square ...
/.../bliss/a brief commentary on the apocalypse/the new jerusalem.htm

Does not My Soul Most Truly Confess unto Thee...
... Or could I indeed measure the motion of a body how long it were, and in how long
space it could come from this place to that, without measuring the time in ...
/.../augustine/the confessions of saint augustine/chapter xxvi does not my.htm

The Saint Having Turned to God the Father, Explains Why He Does ...
... The prophet saw a line of flax with which the angel measured Jerusalem. An angel
was measuring, not Arius. And he was measuring Jerusalem, not God. ...
/.../ambrose/works and letters of st ambrose/chapter xix the saint having.htm

Hiram, the Inspired Artificer
... They stood upon bases, measuring 6 feet by 4 1/2 feet, ornamented carefully on each
side with garlands hanging in festoons, literally, "garlands, pensile work ...
/.../milligan/men of the bible some lesser-known/hiram the inspired artificer.htm

Some Miscellaneous Matters Respecting the Face of the Land.
... of them to their praise, and to their dispraise: to their dispraise, because they
gave one part out of a hundred; to their praise, because, measuring with a ...
/.../from the talmud and hebraica/chapter 98 some miscellaneous matters.htm

The Conquest of Lydia.
... For example, in the course of his travels, he at one time visited Egypt, and while
there, he contrived a very simple way of measuring the height of the pyramids ...
// the great/chapter vii the conquest of.htm

Seventh Tractate. Time and Eternity.
... If so, which of these two would be Time, the measured movement or the
measuring magnitude? For Time [as measure] must be either ...
/.../plotinus/the six enneads/seventh tractate time and eternity.htm

Book Eleven the Eternal Creator and the Creation in Time. ...
... say that this time is twice as long as that one or that this is just as long as
that, and so on for the other fractions of time which we can count by measuring ...
/.../augustine/confessions and enchiridion/book eleven the eternal creator.htm

Measuring (42 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. MEASURING LINE. ... Whether the line for measuring
had a definite length or not we have no means of knowing. ...
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Measuring-reed (6 Occurrences)
Measuring-reed. Measuring-line, Measuring-reed. Measuring-rod .
Multi-Version Concordance Measuring-reed (6 Occurrences). Ezekiel ...
/m/measuring-reed.htm - 8k

Measuring-line (4 Occurrences)
Measuring-line. Measuring, Measuring-line. Measuring-reed . Multi-Version
Concordance Measuring-line (4 Occurrences). Isaiah 28:17 ...
/m/measuring-line.htm - 7k

Measuring-rod (1 Occurrence)
Measuring-rod. Measuring-reed, Measuring-rod. Meat . Multi-Version
Concordance Measuring-rod (1 Occurrence). Revelation ...
/m/measuring-rod.htm - 6k

Reeds (27 Occurrences)
... (WEB KJV ASV WBS YLT). Ezekiel 42:16 He measured on the east side with the measuring
reed five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed all around. ...
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Line (131 Occurrences)
... (n.) A long tape, or a narrow ribbon of steel, etc., marked with subdivisions, as
feet and inches, for measuring; a tapeline. ... (n.) A measuring line or cord. ...
/l/line.htm - 43k

Reed (41 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. MEASURING REED. (qeneh hamiddah; kalamos): Used
in Ezekiel 40:5;; 42:16:00; 45:01:00; Revelation 11:1; Revelation 21:15, 16. ...
/r/reed.htm - 29k

Rod (138 Occurrences)
... 6. (n.) An instrument for measuring. 7. (n.) A measure of length containing
sixteen and a half feet; -- called also perch, and pole. Int. ...
/r/rod.htm - 42k

Weights (14 Occurrences)
... Of multiples of the cubit we have the measuring-reed of 6 long cubits, which consisted
of a cubit and a hand-breadth each (Ezekiel 40:5), or about 10 feet. ...
/w/weights.htm - 21k

Measured (91 Occurrences)
... Genesis 41:49 So he got together a store of grain like the sand of the sea; so great
a store that after a time he gave up measuring it, for it might not be ...
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Bible Concordance
Measuring (42 Occurrences)

Matthew 5:15 Neither do you light a lamp, and put it under a measuring basket, but on a stand; and it shines to all who are in the house.

2 Corinthians 10:12 For we are not bold to number or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves. But they themselves, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves with themselves, are without understanding.

Revelation 11:1 Then a reed was given me to serve as a measuring rod; and a voice said, "Rise, and measure God's sanctuary--and the altar--and count the worshipers who are in it.

Revelation 21:15 Now he who was speaking to me had a measuring-rod of gold, with which to measure the city and its gates and its wall.

Genesis 41:49 So he got together a store of grain like the sand of the sea; so great a store that after a time he gave up measuring it, for it might not be measured.

Leviticus 19:35 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment, in meteyard, in weight, or in measure.
(See NIV)

1 Kings 7:10 The foundation was of costly stones, even great stones, stones of ten cubits, and stones of eight cubits.
(See NIV)

1 Kings 7:23 He made the molten sea of ten cubits from brim to brim, round in compass, and its height was five cubits; and a line of thirty cubits encircled it.
(See NIV)

1 Kings 7:38 And he made ten brass washing-vessels, everyone taking forty baths, and measuring four cubits; one vessel was placed on every one of the ten bases.

2 Kings 21:13 I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and the plummet of the house of Ahab; and I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down.

2 Chronicles 3:15 Also he made before the house two pillars of thirty-five cubits high, and the capital that was on the top of each of them was five cubits.
(See NIV)

2 Chronicles 4:2 And he made the great water-vessel of metal, round in form, measuring ten cubits across from edge to edge; it was five cubits high and thirty cubits round.

Ezra 8:26 Measuring into their hands six hundred and fifty talents of silver, and silver vessels, a hundred talents' weight, and a hundred talents of gold,

Nehemiah 2:13 And I go out through the gate of the valley by night, and unto the front of the fountain of the dragon, and unto the gate of the dunghill, and I am measuring about the walls of Jerusalem, that are broken down, and its gates consumed with fire.

Nehemiah 2:15 and I am going up through the brook by night, and am measuring about the wall, and turn back, and come in through the gate of the valley, and turn back.

Job 28:25 When he made a weight for the wind, measuring out the waters;

Job 38:5 Who determined the measures thereof, if thou knowest? Or who stretched the line upon it?
(See NIV)

Psalms 108:7 This is the word of the holy God: I will be glad; I will make Shechem a heritage, measuring out the valley of Succoth.

Isaiah 28:17 I will make justice the measuring line, and righteousness the plumb line. The hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters will overflow the hiding place.

Isaiah 34:11 But the birds of the waste land will have their place there; it will be a heritage for the bittern and the raven: and it will be measured out with line and weight as a waste land.
(See NIV)

Isaiah 34:17 He has cast the lot for them, and his hand has divided it to them with a measuring line. They shall possess it forever. From generation to generation they will dwell in it.

Isaiah 42:5 God the Lord, even he who made the heavens, measuring them out on high; stretching out the earth, and giving its produce; he who gives breath to the people on it, and life to those who go about on it, says:

Isaiah 44:13 The woodworker is measuring out the wood with his line, marking it out with his pencil: after smoothing it with his plane, and making circles on it with his instrument, he gives it the form and glory of a man, so that it may be placed in the house.

Jeremiah 31:39 The measuring line shall go out further straight onward to the hill Gareb, and shall turn about to Goah.

Lamentations 2:8 Yahweh has purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion; He has stretched out the line, he has not withdrawn his hand from destroying; He has made the rampart and wall to lament; they languish together.
(See NIV)

Ezekiel 4:16 And he said to me, Son of man, see, I will take away from Jerusalem her necessary bread: they will take their bread by weight and with care, measuring out their drinking-water with fear and wonder:

Ezekiel 40:3 He brought me there; and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate.

Ezekiel 40:5 Behold, a wall on the outside of the house all around, and in the man's hand a measuring reed six cubits long, of a cubit and a handbreadth each: so he measured the thickness of the building, one reed; and the height, one reed.

Ezekiel 42:15 Now when he had made an end of measuring the inner house, he brought me forth by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east, and measured it all around.

Ezekiel 42:16 He measured on the east side with the measuring reed five hundred reeds, with the measuring reed all around.

Ezekiel 42:17 He measured on the north side five hundred reeds with the measuring reed all around.

Ezekiel 42:18 He measured on the south side five hundred reeds with the measuring reed.

Ezekiel 42:19 He turned about to the west side, and measured five hundred reeds with the measuring reed.

Ezekiel 47:3 And the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, and after measuring a thousand cubits, he made me go through the waters, which came over my feet.

Ezekiel 47:4 And again, measuring a thousand cubits, he made me go through the waters which came up to my knees. Again, measuring a thousand, he made me go through the waters up to the middle of my body.

Ezekiel 47:5 Again, after his measuring a thousand, it became a river which it was not possible to go through: for the waters had become deep enough for swimming, a river it was not possible to go through.

Ezekiel 48:10 For these, even for the priests, shall be the holy offering: toward the north twenty-five thousand in length, and toward the west ten thousand in breadth, and toward the east ten thousand in breadth, and toward the south twenty-five thousand in length: and the sanctuary of Yahweh shall be in its midst.
(See RSV)

Amos 7:17 Therefore thus says Yahweh:'Your wife shall be a prostitute in the city, and your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword, and your land shall be divided by line; and you yourself shall die in a land that is unclean, and Israel shall surely be led away captive out of his land.'"
(See NAS)

Micah 2:5 For this cause you will have no one to make the decision by the measuring line in the meeting of the Lord.

Zechariah 1:16 Therefore thus says Yahweh: "I have returned to Jerusalem with mercy. My house shall be built in it," says Yahweh of Armies, "and a line shall be stretched forth over Jerusalem."'

Zechariah 2:1 I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and behold, a man with a measuring line in his hand.

Zechariah 5:6 And I said: 'What is it?' And he said: 'This is the measure that goeth forth.' He said moreover: 'This is their eye in all the land--
(See NIV)



Measuring Line

Measuring Reed

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Measuring-reed (6 Occurrences)

Measuring-line (4 Occurrences)

Measuring-rod (1 Occurrence)

Reeds (27 Occurrences)

Line (131 Occurrences)

Reed (41 Occurrences)

Rod (138 Occurrences)

Weights (14 Occurrences)

Measured (91 Occurrences)

Tower (74 Occurrences)

Measureth (24 Occurrences)

Fillet (1 Occurrence)

Tools (3 Occurrences)

Rase (1 Occurrence)

Measurement (14 Occurrences)


Sector (1 Occurrence)

Measure (269 Occurrences)

Measures (50 Occurrences)

Area (66 Occurrences)

Cord (47 Occurrences)

Babel (3 Occurrences)

Observation (4 Occurrences)


Onward (25 Occurrences)

Lines (42 Occurrences)


Log (12 Occurrences)

Limb (5 Occurrences)

Goath (1 Occurrence)

Go'ah (1 Occurrence)

Gad (78 Occurrences)

Goah (1 Occurrence)

Glass (12 Occurrences)

Gareb (3 Occurrences)

Weighted (15 Occurrences)

Wear (56 Occurrences)

Worshipers (12 Occurrences)

Worshippers (45 Occurrences)

Washing-vessels (4 Occurrences)

Wide (206 Occurrences)

Ice-storm (14 Occurrences)

Interior (5 Occurrences)

Instead (139 Occurrences)

Fillets (11 Occurrences)

Flax-cord (1 Occurrence)

Fathom (5 Occurrences)

Fashions (10 Occurrences)

Thick (129 Occurrences)

Tenth (89 Occurrences)

Thickness (12 Occurrences)

Rule (291 Occurrences)

Extends (15 Occurrences)

Erech (2 Occurrences)

Estimate (6 Occurrences)

Enclosure (6 Occurrences)

Engedi (6 Occurrences)

Ephah (55 Occurrences)

En (19 Occurrences)

Dunghill (8 Occurrences)

Drinking-water (4 Occurrences)

Deal (170 Occurrences)

Marking (11 Occurrences)

Medeba (5 Occurrences)

Mete (7 Occurrences)

Perch (2 Occurrences)

Pace (3 Occurrences)

Prospect (10 Occurrences)

Palm (49 Occurrences)

Plumb (6 Occurrences)

Pole (21 Occurrences)

Pointing (13 Occurrences)

Building (249 Occurrences)

Balance (12 Occurrences)

Break (257 Occurrences)

Bath (13 Occurrences)

Bushel (6 Occurrences)

Bold (21 Occurrences)

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