(Ex. 32:20; Deuteronomy 9:21; Judg. 16:21), to crush small (Hebrew: tahan); to oppress the poor (Isa. 3:5)
The hand-mill was early used by the Hebrews (Num. 11:8). It consisted of two stones, the upper (Deuteronomy 24:6; 2 Sam. 11:21) being movable and slightly concave, the lower being stationary.
After the Philistines seized Samson, “brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze chains, and he was a grinder in the prison” (Judges 16:21 NASB).
The grinders mentioned Eccl. 12:3 are teeth.
Article Version: July 13, 2018