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La 2:20, the distance from the extremity of the thumb to that of the little finger, when stretched apart; some nine inches.

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (v.) imp. & p. p. of Spin.

2. (n.) The space from the thumb to the end of the little finger when extended; nine inches; eighth of a fathom.

3. (v. t.) Hence, a small space or a brief portion of time.

4. (n.) The spread or extent of an arch between its abutments, or of a beam, girder, truss, roof, bridge, or the like, between its supports.

5. (n.) A rope having its ends made fast so that a purchase can be hooked to the bight; also, a rope made fast in the center so that both ends can be used.

6. (n.) A pair of horses or other animals driven together; usually, such a pair of horses when similar in color, form, and action.

7. (v. t.) To measure by the span of the hand with the fingers extended, or with the fingers encompassing the object; as, to span a space or distance; to span a cylinder.

8. (v. t.) To reach from one side of to the order; to stretch over as an arch.

9. (v. t.) To fetter, as a horse; to hobble.

10. (v. i.) To be matched, as horses.

11. (imp.) of Spin

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

(zereth; spithame): A measure of length equal to half a cubit or about 9 in. (Exodus 28:16; Exodus 39:9 1 Samuel 17:4, etc.). Lamentations 2:20 the King James Version is a mistranslation; see the Revised Version (British and American).


165. aion -- a space of time, an age
... infinity. 165 (see also the cognate adjective, 166 , "age-long") -- properly,
an (, "time-span"), (type of existence). : Christians ...
// - 8k

4681. Spania -- Spain, a peninsula of SW Europe
... Spain, a peninsula of SW Europe. Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration:
Spania Phonetic Spelling: (span-ee'-ah) Short Definition: Spain Definition ...
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2244. helikia -- maturity, ie age
... Word Origin from helix (of the same age, mature) Definition maturity, ie age NASB
Word Usage age (2), life (2), life's span (1), stature (3). age, stature. ...
// - 6k

Strong's Hebrew
2239. zereth -- a span
... 2238, 2239. zereth. 2240 . a span. Transliteration: zereth Phonetic
Spelling: (zeh'-reth) Short Definition: span. Word Origin of ...
/hebrew/2239.htm - 5k

2947. tephach -- a span, handbreadth, coping
... 2946, 2947. tephach. 2948 . a span, handbreadth, coping. Transliteration: tephach
Phonetic Spelling: (tay'-fakh) Short Definition: handbreadth. ...
/hebrew/2947.htm - 6k

2948. tophach -- a span, handbreadth
... 2947, 2948. tophach. 2949 . a span, handbreadth. Transliteration: tophach
Phonetic Spelling: (to'-fakh) Short Definition: handbreadth. ...
/hebrew/2948.htm - 6k

2946. taphach -- to extend, spread
... root Definition to extend, spread NASB Word Usage bore (1), spread (1). span, swaddle. ...
From tephach, from dandling on the palms -- span, swaddle. ...
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2949. tippuchim -- tenderly cared for
... born healthy (1). span long. From taphach; nursing -- span long. see HEBREW
taphach. 2948, 2949. tippuchim. 2950 . Strong's Numbers.
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1574. gomed -- a short cubit (from elbow to knuckles of clenched ...
... 1). cubit. From an unused root apparently meaning to grasp; properly, a span --
cubit. 1573, 1574. gomed. 1575 . Strong's Numbers.
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2465. cheled -- duration, world
... Word Origin from an unused word Definition duration, world NASB Word Usage life
(1), lifetime (1), span of life (1), world (3). age, short time, world. ...
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After all this You Dare to Say in Your Apology, that You are not ...
... his defence. I shall try to write a reply to those works in another treatise
if God grants me a sufficient span of life. For the ...
/.../23 after all this you.htm

The Man after God's Own Heart
... man after Mine own heart, who shall fulfil all My will." And just as the man of
the world, or the literary man, lays down a programme for the brief span of his ...
// ideal life/the man after gods own.htm

Life with Its Infinite Alternatives.
... James Montgomery. Life with its infinite Alternatives. On our span-long pilgrimage,. ...
Time?"a step from birth to death,. On that step, that breath, that span,. ...
/.../montgomery/sacred poems and hymns/hymn ccxix life with its.htm

The Change of Heart.
... James Montgomery. The Change of Heart. What is our life?"a breath, a span,. ...
Then life no more a breath would be,. A span, a spark, absorb'd in night,. ...
/.../montgomery/sacred poems and hymns/hymn clx the change of.htm

That "Through Whom" is Said Also in the Case of the Father, and " ...
... may be learnt from what immediately precedes: "Who hath measured the waters in the
hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the ...
/.../basil/basil letters and select works/chapter v that through whom.htm

Jehovah --Jesus.
... He is getting off as far as possible within his earthly span. ... He was God. It was
He who spoke things into being, that creative span of time. ...
// talks about jesus/jehovahjesus.htm

On the Words of the Gospel, John v. 2, "Now There is in Jerusalem ...
... From the earliest infancy even to decrepit old age, it is but a short span. ... In this
little span let us live well, that we may go whence we may not pass away. ...
/.../sermons on selected lessons of the new testament/sermon lxxiv on the words.htm

The Poets
... Let the world's riches, which dispers??d lie,. Contract into a span,. is remembered
and used nobly in a hymn for the Nativity: Our God, contracted to a Span,. ...
/.../the hymns of methodism in their literary relations/chapter iii the poets.htm

Life a Tale
... From the best point of view, life is not merely a term of years and a span
of action; it is a force, a current and depth of being. ...
// crown of thorns/life a tale.htm

Anxious Care
... carking cares, and laborious days, and sleepless nights, is but to adorn a little
more beautifully or a little less beautifully, the allotted span"but to ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture a/anxious care.htm

Span (14 Occurrences)
... 7. (vt) To measure by the span of the hand with the fingers extended, or with the
fingers encompassing the object; as, to span a space or distance; to span a ...
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Four-square (7 Occurrences)
... (See JPS). Exodus 28:16 Foursquare it shall be and double; a span shall be the
length thereof, and a span the breadth thereof. (See JPS). ...
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Foursquare (10 Occurrences)
... (WEB KJV ASV WBS). Exodus 28:16 Foursquare it shall be being doubled; a span shall
be the length thereof, and a span shall be the breadth thereof. (KJV ASV WBS) ...
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Doubled (5 Occurrences)
... (YLT). Exodus 28:16 Foursquare it shall be being doubled; a span shall be the length
thereof, and a span shall be the breadth thereof. (KJV DBY WBS YLT). ...
/d/doubled.htm - 8k

Breastplate (45 Occurrences)
... It was a double piece of richly embroidered stuff, a span square, set with twelve
precious stones, on which were engraved the names of the twelve tribes of ...
/b/breastplate.htm - 24k

Square (94 Occurrences)
... Exodus 28:16 It shall be square and folded double; a span shall be its length of
it, and a span its breadth. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV). ...
/s/square.htm - 39k

Double (49 Occurrences)
... (WEB JPS ASV NAS NIV). Exodus 28:16 It shall be square and folded double;
a span shall be its length of it, and a span its breadth. ...
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Length (135 Occurrences)
... (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV). Exodus 28:16 It shall be square and folded
double; a span shall be its length of it, and a span its breadth. ...
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Goliath (6 Occurrences)
... 2:20, 21). His height was "six cubits and a span," which, taking the cubit
at 21 inches, is equal to 10 1/2 feet. David cut off ...
/g/goliath.htm - 12k

Fathom (5 Occurrences)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary (Old AS faethm, "bosom, " or the outstretched
arms), a span of six feet (Acts 27:28). Gr. orguia (from ...
/f/fathom.htm - 9k

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Span (14 Occurrences)

Matthew 6:27
"Which of you, by being anxious, can add one moment to his lifespan?
(Root in WEB RSV)

Luke 12:25
Which of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his height?

Acts 17:26
He caused to spring from one forefather people of every race, for them to live on the whole surface of the earth, and marked out for them an appointed span of life and the boundaries of their homes;

Exodus 23:26
No one will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will fulfill the number of your days.
(See NIV)

Exodus 28:16
It shall be square and folded double; a span shall be its length of it, and a span its breadth.

Exodus 39:9
It was square. They made the breastplate double. Its length was a span, and its breadth a span, being double.

1 Samuel 17:4
There went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.

Psalms 39:5
Behold, you have made my days handbreadths. My lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely every man stands as a breath." Selah.
(See NIV)

Psalms 89:47
Remember how short my time is! For what vanity have you created all the children of men!
(See NAS)

Psalms 90:10
The days of our years are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty years; yet their pride is but labor and sorrow, for it passes quickly, and we fly away.

Isaiah 23:15
And it will be in that day that Tyre will go out of mind for seventy years, that is, the days of one king: after the end of seventy years it will be for Tyre as in the song of the loose woman.
(See NIV)

Isaiah 40:12
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and marked off the sky with his span, and calculated the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?

Lamentations 2:20
Behold, O LORD, and consider to whom thou hast done this. Shall the women eat their fruit, and children of a span long? shall the priest and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord?

Ezekiel 43:13
These are the measures of the altar by cubits (the cubit is a cubit and a handbreadth): the bottom shall be a cubit, and the breadth a cubit, and its border around its edge a span; and this shall be the base of the altar.



Span: About Nine or Ten Inches

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