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Easton's Bible Dictionary

(1.) The bed of the sea or of a river (Psalm 18:15; Isaiah 8:7).

(2.) The "chanelbone" (Job 31:22 marg.), properly "tube" or "shaft," an old term for the collar-bone.

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) The hollow bed where a stream of water runs or may run.

2. (n.) The deeper part of a river, harbor, strait, etc., where the main current flows, or which affords the best and safest passage for vessels.

3. (n.) A strait, or narrow sea, between two portions of lands; as, the British Channel.

4. (n.) That through which anything passes; means of passing, conveying, or transmitting; as, the news was conveyed to us by different channels.

5. (n.) A gutter; a groove, as in a fluted column.

6. (n.) Flat ledges of heavy plank bolted edgewise to the outside of a vessel, to increase the spread of the shrouds and carry them clear of the bulwarks.

7. (v. t.) To form a channel in; to cut or wear a channel or channels in; to groove.

8. (v. t.) To course through or over, as in a channel.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

chan'-el ('aphiq (root 'aphaq, "to hold or contain," "to be strong"; compare Arabic 'afaq "to overcome" and 'afiq, "preeminent"); shibboleth (shabhal, "to go," "to go up or grow," "to flow"; compare Arabic 'asbal, "to flow," "to rain," "to put forth ears"; sabalat, "an ear of grain"; sabil, "a road," "a public fountain")): In Job 12:21; Job 40:18; Job 41:15 we have 'aphiq in the sense of "strong" (but compare 40:18, the Revised Version (British and American) "tubes" (of brass)). Elsewhere it is translated "river," "brook," "stream," "channel" or "watercourse." Shibboleth (in the dialect of Ephraim cibboleth (Judges 12:6)) means "an ear of grain" (Genesis 41:5; Ruth 2:2 Isaiah 17:5) or "a flood of water" (Psalm 69:2, 15 Isaiah 27:12). In 2 Samuel 22:16 (compare Psalm 18:15) we have: "Then the channels of the sea appeared, The foundations of the world were laid bare, By the rebuke of Yahweh, At the blast of the breath of his nostrils." This is reminiscent of "fountains of the deep" (Genesis 7:11; Genesis 8:2 Proverbs 8:28). It is a question how far we should attribute to these ancient writers a share in modern notions of oceanography, but the idea seems to be that of a withdrawal of the water of the ocean, and the laying bare of submarine declivities and channels such as we know to exist as the result of erosion during a previous period of elevation, when the given portion of ocean floor was dry land.

The fact that many streams of Palestine flow only during the rainy season seems to be referred to in Job 6:15; and perhaps also in Psalm 126:4.


Alfred Ely Day

1223. dia -- through, on account of, because of
... A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through (in very wide
applications, local, causal, or occasional) -- after, always, among, at, to avoid ...
// - 8k

5494. cheimon -- winter, a storm
... From a derivative of cheo (to pour; akin to the base of chasma through the idea
of a channel), meaning a storm (as pouring rain); by implication, the rainy ...
// - 6k

Strong's Hebrew
650. aphiq -- a channel
... a channel. Transliteration: aphiq Phonetic Spelling: (aw-feek') Short Definition:
ravines. ... brook, channel, mighty, river, scale, stream, strong piece. ...
/hebrew/650.htm - 6k

6388. peleg -- a channel, canal
... 6387, 6388. peleg. 6389 . a channel, canal. Transliteration: peleg Phonetic
Spelling: (peh'-leg) Short Definition: streams. Word ...
/hebrew/6388.htm - 6k

7641. shibbol -- ear (of grain)
... 10), ears of grain (3), grain (1). branch, channel, ear of corn, water,
flood, Shibboleth. Or (feminine) shibboleth {shib-bo'-leth ...
/hebrew/7641.htm - 6k

4492. minharah -- perhaps a cave, stronghold
... den. From nahar; properly, a channel or fissure, ie (by implication) a cavern --
den. see HEBREW nahar. 4491, 4492. minharah. 4493 . Strong's Numbers.
/hebrew/4492.htm - 6k

8585a. tealah -- a watercourse
... Word Origin from alah Definition a watercourse NASB Word Usage channel (1), channels
(1), conduit (4), trench (3). 8585, 8585a. tealah. 8585b . ...
/hebrew/8585a.htm - 5k

2975. yeor -- stream (of the Nile), stream, canal
... Of Egyptian origin; a channel, eg A fosse, canal, shaft; specifically the Nile,
as the one river of Egypt, including its collateral trenches; also the Tigris ...
/hebrew/2975.htm - 6k

7298. rahat -- a trough
... From an unused root apparently meaning to hollow out; a channel or watering-box;
by resemblance a ringlet of hair (as forming parallel lines) -- gallery, gutter ...
/hebrew/7298.htm - 5k

8585. t'alah -- a watercourse
... From alah; a channel (into which water is raised for irrigation); also a bandage
or plaster (as placed upon a wound) -- conduit, cured, healing, little river ...
/hebrew/8585.htm - 5k


A visit to the Channel Islands
... Collects Money for the Poor; Visits the House of Lords; His Reasons for his Long
Life; "How is the Tide Turned;" Last Entries A Visit to the Channel Islands. ...
/.../wesley/the journal of john wesley/a visit to the channel.htm

The Channel of Power.
... THE CHANNEL OF POWER. ... How often has He turned away disappointed because
the channel had broken connections, or could not be used? ...
// talks on power/the channel of power.htm

The Primeval Hovering of the Spirit of God Over the Waters Typical ...
... The Universal Element of Water Thus Made a Channel of Sanctification.
Resemblance Between the Outward Sign and the Inward Grace. ...
/.../tertullian/on baptism/chapter iv the primeval hovering of.htm

Family Habits.
... They become the channel through which our life flows. ... The deeper the channel is wrought,
the greater is its moulding and controlling influence over the stream. ...
/.../philips/the christian home/chapter xvii family habits.htm

Touching a Limitless Circle.
... Money: The Golden Channel of Service. ... Money supplies a channel through which one
may reach most intimately to others, near by and around the world. ...
/.../gordon/quiet talks on service/touching a limitless circle.htm

Like Precious Faith
... Peter calls it precious. Consider its worth as a channel. ... It is precious because
it is the channel by which all precious things flow into our hearts and lives. ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture ephesians peter/like precious faith.htm

"This Then is the Message which we have Heard of Him, and Declare ...
... Now it shows unto us the channel that this river of gladness and joy runs into,
it discovers what is the way of the conveyance of it to the soul, and what are ...
/.../binning/the works of the rev hugh binning/sermon ix this then is.htm

... For more than 1600 miles the Nile flows without an affluent; in the spring it falls
so low that its channel becomes almost unnavigable; but in the late summer ...
/.../sayce/early israel and the surrounding nations/chapter v egypt.htm

Hebrew Captives; Or, Mordecai and Esther.
... He determined to turn the channel of the Euphrates, which went through the whole
length of the city, from the walls where it entered, and get into the capital ...
/.../headley/half hours in bible lands volume 2/hebrew captives or mordecai and.htm

The Cross and the Winepress.
... The juice flowed out of the tree by five openings, and fell into a stone vat, from
whence it flowed through a channel made of bark and coated with resin, into ...
/.../the dolorous passion of our lord jesus christ/chapter lv the cross and.htm

Channel (3 Occurrences)
... 3. (n.) A strait, or narrow sea, between two portions of lands; as, the British
Channel. ... 8. (vt) To course through or over, as in a channel. Int. ...
/c/channel.htm - 11k

Gutter (3 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary. 1. (n.) A channel at the eaves of a roof for
conveying away the rain; an eaves channel; an eaves trough. ...
/g/gutter.htm - 8k

Stream (96 Occurrences)
... (3) pelegh, the root palagh, "to split," "to divide," hence, "cleft," "channel":
"a tree planted by the streams (the King James Version "rivers") of water ...
/s/stream.htm - 42k

Runner (5 Occurrences)
... 10. (n.) A horizontal channel in a mold, through which the metal flows to the cavity
formed by the pattern; also, the waste metal left in such a channel. 11. ...
/r/runner.htm - 9k

Race (36 Occurrences)
... 12. (n.) A strong or rapid current of water, or the channel or passage for such
a current; a powerful current or heavy sea, sometimes produced by the meeting ...
/r/race.htm - 19k

Conduit (5 Occurrences)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary A water-course or channel (Job 38:25). ... 1. (n.) A pipe,
canal, channel, or passage for conveying water or fluid. ...
/c/conduit.htm - 9k

Siloam (4 Occurrences)
... The water which flows into this pool intermittingly by a subterranean channel
springs from the "Fountain of the Virgin" (qv). The ...
/s/siloam.htm - 21k

Gihon (6 Occurrences)
... It was a well-cemented channel, about 1 1/2 ft. ... It is a channel deeply cut in
the rock with curious trough-like stones all along its floor. ...
/g/gihon.htm - 16k

Nile (37 Occurrences)
... of the Ragera River, a small stream on the other side of the lake, 3 degree South
of the equator), and flows North in a tortuous channel, 1,400 miles to its ...
/n/nile.htm - 29k

Aqueduct (4 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (n.) A conduit or channel for supplying cities
with water; a conductor for conveying water. 2. (n.) A ...
/a/aqueduct.htm - 23k

Channel (3 Occurrences)

Job 6:15
My brothers have dealt deceitfully as a brook, as the channel of brooks that pass away;

Job 38:25
Who has cut a channel for the flood water, or the path for the thunderstorm;

Isaiah 27:12
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel.



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