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mess in the Bible

also known as “a portion of food”

Hebrew: משׂאֵת —transliteration: maseth —possible meanings include: a portion, gift, a present, tribute, levy, burden, an uprising, a cloud, an utterance, a signal

The word “mess” appears in the King James Bible and refers to a portion of food given to a guest (Genesis 43:34; 2 Samuel 11:8). Most more modern translations use the word “portion” in these verses.

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