This word is used only in the proverb, “to pass through a needle's eye” (Matthew 19:24; Mark 10:25; Luke 18:25). Some interpret the expression as referring to the side gate, close to the principal gate, usually called the “eye of a needle” in the East; but it is rather to be taken literally.

The Hebrew females were skilled in the use of the needle (Exodus 28:39; 26:36; Judges 5:30).

Author: Matthew G. Easton.

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