also known as: jawbone, jaw bone

A jawbone of a donkey provided Samson with a weapon for the great slaughter of the Philistines (Judges 15:15), in which he slew a thousand men.

In verse 19 the King James Version reads, “God clave a hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout.” This is a mis-translation of the words. The rendering should be as in the Revised King James Version, “God clave the hollow place that is in Lehi,” etc.—Lehi being the name of the hill where this conflict was waged, possibly so called because it was shapeed like a jawbone.

Article Version: December 26, 2018