Archer

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a shooter with the bow (1Chr 10:3). This art was of high antiquity (Gen 21:20; Gen 27:3). Saul was wounded by the Philistine archers (1Sam 31:3). The phrase "breaking the bow" (Hos 1:5; Jer 49:35) is equivalent to taking away one's power, while "strengthening the bow" is a symbol of its increase (Gen 49:24). The Persian archers were famous among the ancients (Isa 13:18; Jer 49:35; Jer 50:9, Jer 50:14, Jer 50:29, Jer 50:42.


This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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