What's a Cubit?

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  1. richard n koustas

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    There is a footnote in my Bible (Judges 3:16) that says that this dagger was actually a foot long, but this story is much more impressive if the dagger was actually a 2 edged sword...is the “cubit” in verse 16 a traditional cubit or just one foot?

    16 But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his right thigh.
    17 And he brought the present unto Eglon king of Moab: and Eglon was a very fat man.
    18 And when he had made an end to offer the present, he sent away the people that bare the present.
    19 But he himself turned again from the quarries that were by Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand unto thee, O king: who said, Keep silence. And all that stood by him went out from him.
    20 And Ehud came unto him; and he was sitting in a summer parlour, which he had for himself alone. And Ehud said, I have a message from God unto thee. And he arose out of his seat.
    21 And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly:
    22 And the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed upon the blade, so that he could not draw the dagger out of his belly; and the dirt came out.
    23 Then Ehud went forth through the porch, and shut the doors of the parlour upon him, and locked them.
    24 When he was gone out, his servants came; and when they saw that, behold, the doors of the parlour were locked, they said, Surely he covereth his feet in his summer chamber.
    25 And they tarried till they were ashamed: and, behold, he opened not the doors of the parlour; therefore they took a key, and opened them: and, behold, their lord was fallen down dead on the earth.
    26 And Ehud escaped while they tarried, and passed beyond the quarries, and escaped unto Seirath.
    27 And it came to pass, when he was come, that he blew a trumpet in the mountain of Ephraim, and the children of Israel went down with him from the mount, and he before them.
    28 And he said unto them, Follow after me: for the LORD hath delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand. And they went down after him, and took the fords of Jordan toward Moab, and suffered not a man to pass over.
    29 And they slew of Moab at that time about ten thousand men, all lusty, and all men of valour; and there escaped not a man.
    30 So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land had rest fourscore years.
    Judges 3
     
  2. Ed Edwards

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    STRONG'S is most ilustrative:

    Judges 3:16 (KJV1769 with Strong's Numbers):
    But Ehud261 made6213 him a dagger2719
    which had two8147 edges,6366 of a cubit1574 length;753
    and he did gird2296 it under4480, 8478 his raiment4055
    upon5921 his right3225 thigh.3409

    H1574
    גּמד
    gômed
    go'-med
    From an unused root apparently meaning to grasp;
    properly a span: - cubit.

    As is typical of STRONG'S, he gives the meaning and the very
    last entry is how the KJVs translate it.
    A 'span' is the width of a man's hand knuckle to knuckle
    (my span is 3½-inches). the Cubit is the length of a man's
    arm elbow to fingertip (my cubit is about 18 inches).
    {the 'foot' is the length of a man's foot, mine is about 11½ inches.
    the english standard lenght was measured from some king,
    i suspect}
     
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    About 2 and a half henways.

    Rob
     
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    Roughly 18"
     
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    I always thought of it as about a foot and a half.
     
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    Isn't it one of those puzzles with the colored squares on all sides that you twist and stuff?
     
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    Ed has it right . Elbow to finger tip. Was generally considered to be 15 to 18 inches.:thumbs:
     
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    Rabbit-chasing.
    One of my former pastors preached a sermon on Ehud. He titled it "When Lefty Stuck It to Fatty."

    Now back to the thread.
     
  9. Ed Edwards

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    What's a henway? :flower:

    /Lou/Ed waits for Deacon Costello's humorous reply ... /
     
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    Wouldn't that be a rubic's CUBIT!!! hahaha
     
  11. richard n koustas

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    What? No Bill Cosby jokes?

    didn't he do a routine (a long time ago...)about noah....after getting the instructions to build the ark, noah asked God: what's a cubit?
     
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    Yes he did I still havemost of that routine memorized. How long can you tread water?
     
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    [at the risk of hijacking my own thread] i looked it up on the internet. it's from 1963...now, i feel old(!) did you know that it has been digitally remastered and available for downloading ? i listened to a couple clips...and heard How long can you tread water? a couple times...
     
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    Since Deacon didn't respond to your request, I'll jump in.

    About 3 1/2 pounds.

    Ed

    P.S. I still hate this new format!
     
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    Thank you Lou Costello,

    - Bud Abbot
     
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    As you yourself wrote, "Two Eds are better than one."

    Ed
     
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    That remark should be EDited...
     
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    No it shouldn't...EDify your brother!
     

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