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"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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Putting First Things First
SUSAN F. CAMPBELL
MARJORIE N. BUFFUM
EDNA E. GRABE
ALFRED MARSHALL VAUGHN
Benefits of Working Rightly
JEANETTE F. SUTTON
Erasing the Error
JOHN H. COURTNEY
Let Me Awake
ROBIN A. WALKER
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Oscar R. Porter, Jr., Committee on Publication for the State of North Carolina,
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Mrs. Isabel Hillier, former Committee on Publication for Cape Province, South Africa,
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"The warfare with one's self"
W. Stuart Booth
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Warwick Albert Dicker
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Anna Bernice Barton
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Freda Fish Beck with contributions from James Howard Beck
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Harriet L. Barnes
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Adeline Wilson Hambly
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Myrtle Mae Dittrick with contributions from Alonzo Alva Dittrick, Jr.
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Signs of the Times
with contributions from William T. Ellis, Bruce Brown