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Smith's Bible Dictionary

  1. Of finger. (a) A nail or claw of man or animal. (b) A point or style e.g. for writing; see (Jeremiah 17:1)
  2. (a) A nail, (Isaiah 11:7) a stake, (Isaiah 33:20) also a tent-peg. Tent-pegs were usually of wood and of large size; but some times, as was the case with those used to fasten the curtains of the tabernacle of metal. (Exodus 27:19; 38:20) (b) A nail, primarily a point. We are told that David prepared iron for the nails to be used in the temple; and as the holy of holies was plated with gold, the nails for fastening the plates were probably of gold.
ATS Bible Dictionary

The "nail" with which Jael killed Sisera was rather a tent-pin, such as is driven into the ground in order to fasten the cords of the tent, Exodus 27:19 Jud 4:21-22. Sometimes the Hebrew word is used for the wooden pins or iron spikes firmly inwrought into the walls of a building, Ezra 9:8 Ezekiel 15:3. The word implies fixedness, Isaiah 22:23; and a firm support, Zechariah 10:4. Another Hebrew word describes the golden and ornamental nails of the temple, etc., 2 Chronicles 3:9 Ecclesiastes 12:11 Isaiah 41:7 Jeremiah 10:4.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
For fastening.

(1.) Hebrew yathed, "piercing," a peg or nail of any material (Ezek. 15:3), more especially a tent-peg (Exodus 27:19; 35:18; 38:20), with one of which Jael (q.v.) pierced the temples of Sisera (Judges 4:21, 22). This word is also used metaphorically (Zechariah 10:4) for a prince or counsellor, just as "the battle-bow" represents a warrior.

(2.) Masmer, a "point," the usual word for a nail. The words of the wise are compared to "nails fastened by the masters of assemblies" (Ecclesiastes 12:11, A.V.). The Revised Version reads, "as nails well fastened are the words of the masters," etc. Others (as Plumptre) read, "as nails fastened are the masters of assemblies" (Comp. Isaiah 22:23; Ezra 9:8). David prepared nails for the temple (1 Chronicles 22:3; 2 Chronicles 3:9). The nails by which our Lord was fixed to the cross are mentioned (John 20:25; Colossians 2:14).

Nail of the finger (Hebrews tsipporen, "scraping"). To "pare the nails" is in Deuteronomy 21:12 (marg., "make, " or "dress, " or "suffer to grow") one of the signs of purification, separation from former heathenism (Comp. Leviticus 14:8; Numbers 8:7). In Jeremiah 17:1 this word is rendered "point."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) the horny scale of plate of epidermis at the end of the fingers and toes of man and many apes.

2. (n.) The basal thickened portion of the anterior wings of certain hemiptera.

3. (n.) The terminal horny plate on the beak of ducks, and other allied birds.

4. (n.) A slender, pointed piece of metal, usually with a head, used for fastening pieces of wood or other material together, by being driven into or through them.

5. (n.) A measure of length, being two inches and a quarter, or the sixteenth of a yard.

6. (n.) To fasten with a nail or nails; to close up or secure by means of nails; as, to nail boards to the beams.

7. (n.) To stud or boss with nails, or as with nails.

8. (n.) To fasten, as with a nail; to bind or hold, as to a bargain or to acquiescence in an argument or assertion; hence, to catch; to trap.

9. (n.) To spike, as a cannon.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

nal: (1) As denoting the finger-nail, the Hebrew word is tsipporen (Deuteronomy 21:12), the captive woman "shall shave her head, and pare her nails." The latter was probably intended to prevent her from marring her beauty by scratching her face, an act of self-mutilation oriental women are repeatedly reported to have committed in the agony of their grief. Aramaic Tephar (Daniel 4:33, "his nails like birds' claws"). (2) As pin or peg (for tents, or driven into the wall) the word is yathedh (in Judges 4:21 the Revised Version (British and American), "tent-pin"); in Isaiah 22:23, "a nail in a sure place" is a peg firmly driven into the wall on which something is to be hung (22:24); compare Ecclesiastes 12:11, where the word is masmeroth, cognate with macmer below. (3) For nails of iron (1 Chronicles 22:3) and gold (2 Chronicles 3:9), and in Isaiah 41:7 and Jeremiah 10:4, the word is macmer. (4) In the New Testament the word is helos, used of the nails in Christ's hands (John 20:25), and "to nail" in Colossians 2:14 ("nailing it to the cross") is proseloo.

In a figurative sense the word is used of the hard point of a stylus or engraving tool: "The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point (literally, "claw," "nail") of a diamond: it is graven upon the tablet of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars" (Jeremiah 17:1).

James Orr

4338. proseloo -- to nail to
... to nail to. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: proseloo Phonetic Spelling:
(pros-ay-lo'-o) Short Definition: I nail to Definition: I fasten with nails, nail ...
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2247. helos -- a nail
... helos. 2248 . a nail. Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine Transliteration: helos Phonetic
Spelling: (hay'-los) Short Definition: a nail Definition: a nail. ...
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4557. sardonux -- sardonyx
... sardonyx. From the base of sardios and onux (the nail of a finger; hence the "onyx"
stone); a "sardonyx", ie The gem so called -- sardonyx. see GREEK sardios. ...
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Strong's Hebrew
2953. tephar -- a nail, claw
... 2952, 2953. tephar. 2954 . a nail, claw. Transliteration: tephar Phonetic
Spelling: (tef-ar') Short Definition: claws. Word ... nail. (Aramaic ...
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4548. masmer -- a nail
... a nail. Transliteration: masmer or mismer or masmerah or mismerah or masmerah
Phonetic Spelling: (mas-mare') Short Definition: nails. ... nail. ...
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4930. masmerah -- nail
... 4929, 4930. masmerah. 4931 . nail. Transliteration: masmerah Phonetic Spelling:
(mas-mer-aw') Short Definition: nail. ... nail For macmer fem.; a peg -- nail. ...
/hebrew/4930.htm - 5k

6856. tsipporen -- fingernail, stylus point
... nails. Word Origin from an unused word Definition fingernail, stylus point
NASB Word Usage nails (1), point (1). nail, point. From ...
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3489. yathed -- a peg, pin
... nail, paddle, pin, stake. From an unused root meaning to pin through or fast; a
peg -- nail, paddle, pin, stake. 3488, 3489. yathed. 3490 . Strong's Numbers
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8628. taqa -- to thrust, clap, give a blow, blast
... A primitive root; to clatter, ie Slap (the hands together), clang (an instrument);
by analogy, to drive (a nail or tent-pin, a dart, etc.); by implication, to ...
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The Nail
... Names And Titles of the Antichrist 17. The Nail. "In that day, saith the
Lord of hosts, shall the Nail that is fastened in the sure ...
// antichrist/17 the nail.htm

The Nailing of Jesus to the Cross.
... The executioners did not allow him to rest long, but bade him rise and
place himself on the cross that they might nail him to it. ...
/.../chapter xxxviii the nailing of.htm

Forgiveness and Retribution.
... "Yes, sir.". "Now a nail and a piece of pine board.". "Here they are, sir.". "Will
you drive the nail into the board?". It was done. "Please pull it out again." ...
/.../moody/sowing and reaping/chapter vii forgiveness and retribution.htm

Comenius and the Hidden Seed, 1627-1672.
... "I contributed a nail or two," he says,54 "to strengthen the new throne." What sort
of nail he means we do not know. The new throne did not stand very long. ...
/.../hutton/history of the moravian church/chapter xvi comenius and the.htm

... In the first place, a tire often gets punctured by a nail running into it. Then
there are "blow-outs" caused by the inner tube giving way. ...
/.../chidley/fifty-two story talks to boys and girls/tire-trouble.htm

For all the Good Performed by Thee,
... To bear Thee from the judgment-seat. And nail Thee to the cruel tree; ... 'Twas not
enough they should betray. And nail Thee to the Cross to die; ...
/.../brownlie/hymns of the greek church/for all the good performed.htm

Other Graces Bestowed on the Saint. The Promises of Our Lord to ...
... He appeared to me as at other times, and began to show the wound in His left hand;
with the other He drew out the great nail that was in it, and it seemed to ...
/.../teresa/the life of st teresa of jesus/chapter xxxix other graces bestowed.htm

How St Francis Appeared, after his Death, to Brother John of ...
... "Touch once more," said St Francis, "this nail which is in my hand." Then Brother
John, with great fear and reverence, touched that nail, and as he touched it ...
/.../the little flowers of st francis of assisi/chapter lv how st francis.htm

John viii. 31, 32
... Thus the Prophet prayeth, saying, "Nail my flesh by Thy fear" ( Psalm 119:120 ,
LXX.); "do Thou so fix and join me, as by a nail riveted into me." For as men ...
/.../homilies on the gospel of st john and hebrews/homily liv john viii 31.htm

Facts Show that the Terms of Abuse which He Has Employed against ...
... Then in trying to conceal his falsehood he drives out one nail with another nail,
as the proverb says, and puts one falsehood right by cancelling it with ...
/.../gregory/gregory of nyssa dogmatic treatises etc/section 8 facts show that.htm

Nail (9 Occurrences)
... For fastening. (1.) Hebrew yathed, "piercing," a peg or nail of any material
(Ezek. ... (2.) Masmer, a "point," the usual word for a nail. ...
/n/nail.htm - 14k

Peg (8 Occurrences)
... etc.; as, a shoe peg. 2. (n.) A wooden pin, or nail, on which to hang things,
as coats, etc. Hence, colloquially and figuratively: A ...
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Onycha (1 Occurrence)
... A nail; claw; hoof, (Hebrews sheheleth; Exodus 30:34), a Latin word applied to the
operculum, ie, the claw or nail of the strombus or wing-shell, a univalve ...
/o/onycha.htm - 8k

Spike (1 Occurrence)
... 1. (n.) A sort of very large nail; also, a piece of pointed iron set with points
upward or outward. 2. (n.) Anything resembling such a nail in shape. ...
/s/spike.htm - 7k

Fastened (43 Occurrences)
... Judges 4:21 Then Jael Heber's wife took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in
her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples, and ...
/f/fastened.htm - 19k

Quick (49 Occurrences)
... point; a vital part; a part susceptible of serious injury or keen feeling; the
sensitive living flesh; the part of a finger or toe to which the nail is attached ...
/q/quick.htm - 24k

Nailed (9 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary (imp. & pp) of Nail. Multi-Version Concordance
Nailed (9 Occurrences). Mark 15:24 And he was nailed to ...
/n/nailed.htm - 9k

Jael (6 Occurrences)
... She then took in her left hand one of the great wooden pins ("nail") which fastened
down the cords of the tent, and in her right hand the mallet, or "hammer ...
/j/jael.htm - 14k

Pin (10 Occurrences)
... Exodus 27:19; Exodus 35:18; Exodus 38:20, 31; 39:40 Numbers 3:37; Numbers 4:32 Judges
4:21, where the King James Version translates "nail," the Revised Version ...
/p/pin.htm - 13k

Weary (77 Occurrences)
... Judges 4:21 Then Jael Heber's wife took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in
her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples, and ...
/w/weary.htm - 29k

Bible Concordance
Nail (9 Occurrences)

John 20:25 The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe."

Deuteronomy 23:13 and a nail thou hast on thy staff, and it hath been, in thy sitting without, that thou hast digged with it, and turned back, and covered thy filth;

Judges 4:21 Then Jael Heber's wife took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples, and fastened it into the ground: for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died.

Judges 4:22 And, behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said unto him, Come, and I will show thee the man whom thou seekest. And when he came into her tent, behold, Sisera lay dead, and the nail was in his temples.

Judges 5:26 She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen's hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples.

Ezra 9:8 Now for a little moment grace has been shown from Yahweh our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.

Isaiah 22:23 I will fasten him like a nail in a sure place. He will be for a throne of glory to his father's house.

Isaiah 22:25 "In that day," says Yahweh of Armies, "the nail that was fastened in a sure place will give way. It will be cut down, and fall. The burden that was on it will be cut off, for Yahweh has spoken it."

Zechariah 10:4 From him will come forth the cornerstone, from him the nail, from him the battle bow, from him every ruler together.



Nail: (Or, Peg))

Nail: Figurative

Nail: Jael Kills Sisera With

Nail: Made of Gold

Nail: Made of Iron

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