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Bolster

The Hebrew word kebir, rendered “pillow” in 1 Sam. 19:13, 16, but in Revised Version margin notes “quilt” or “network,” probably means some counterpane or veil intended to protect the head of the sleeper.

A different Hebrew word (meraashoth') is used for “bolster” (1 Sam. 26:7, 11, 16). It is rightly rendered in Revised Version “at his head.”

In Gen. 28:11, 18 the Authorized Version renders it “for his pillows,” and the Revised Version “under his head.”

In Ezek. 13:18, 20 another Hebrew word (kesathoth) is used, properly denoting “cushions” or “pillows,” as so rendered both in the Authorized and the Revised Version.