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shuv'-l: (1) rachath, is a wooden shovel used on the threshing-floor for winnowing the grain (Isa 30:24). (2) ya`, is used in various passages to indicate some instrument employed to carry away ashes from the altar (Ex 27:3; 38:3; Nu 4:14; 1 Ki 7:40,45; 2 Ki 25:14; 2 Ch 4:11,16; Jer 52:18). It was very likely a small shovel like those used in connection with modern fireplaces for cleaning away the ashes (compare Hebrew ya`ah, "to sweep away") or for carrying live coals to start a new fire. (3) yathedh (Dt 23:13 the Revised Version margin)
James A. Patch
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Definition for 'shovel'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". - ISBE; 1915.

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