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Weaving, weavers

Weaving was an art practiced in very early times (Exodus 35:35). The Egyptians were specially skilled in it (Isaiah 19:9; Ezek. 27:7), and some have regarded them as its inventors.

In the wilderness, the Hebrews practiced it (Exodus 26:1, 8; 28:4, 39; Leviticus 13:47). It is referred to in subsequent times as specially the women's work (2 Kings 23:7; Proverbs 31:13, 24). No mention of the loom is found in Scripture, but we read of the “shuttle” (Job 7:6), “the pin” of the beam (Judges 16:14), “the web” (13, 14), and “the beam” (1 Samuel 17:7; 2 Samuel 21:19). The rendering, “with pining sickness,” in Isaiah 38:12 (King James Version) should be, as in the Revised King James Version, “from the loom,” or, as in the margin, “from the thrum.” We read also of the “warp” and “woof” (Leviticus 13:48, 49, 51-53, 58, 59), but the Revised King James Version margin has, instead of “warp,” “woven or knitted stuff.”