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Archer

Meaning: a shooter of the bow and arrow.

See 1 Chr. 10:3.

The art of archery is very ancient (Gen. 21:20; 27:3). Saul was wounded by the Philistine archers (1 Sam. 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 increasing it (Gen. 49:24).

The Persian archers were famous among the ancients (Isa. 13:18; Jer. 49:35; 50:9, 14, 29, 42.

Author: Matthew G. Easton, edited by Paul S. Taylor.

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