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There are basically two meanings of this word in the Bible.

  1. A runner, or courier, for the rapid transmission of letters, etc. (2 Chr. 30:6; Esther 3:13, 15; 8:10, 14; Job 9:25; Jer. 51:31). Such messengers were used from very early times. Those employed by the Hebrew kings had a military character (1 Sam. 22:17; 2 Kings 10:25, “guard,” marginal note “runners”). The modern system of postal communication was first established by Louis XI. of France in A.D. 1464.
  2. This word sometimes also is used for lintel or threshold (Isa. 6:4).

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