Bible Notes

"The heaven of heavens" (Deut. 10:14)—Some scholars take this as equivalent to "the highest heaven," in accord with a well-known Hebrew idiom. Compare such phrases as: "Holy of holies" ("most holy"—Ex. 26:33); "vanity of vanities" (i.e., absolute vanity) in Ecclesiastes 1:2 (see Davidson: Hebrew Syntax, p. 49). Moffatt renders: "the highest heaven"; and Smith: "the highest heavens."

"Six cubits and a span" (I Sam. 17:4)—The cubit (literally "forearm") was the distance from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger, and is generally counted as from 18 to 21 inches; while the "span"—the distance from the tip of the thumb to that of the little finger of the outstretched hand—is reckoned as equivalent to half a cubit. In other words, Goliath's height must have been somewhere between 9 feet 9 inches, and 11 feet 4 inches. (Cf. Kirkpatrick: Cambridge Bible, "I Samuel," p. 153.)

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