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The English word quiver, which is derived from an Old French word, quivre, is used to refer to a case, or sheath, for arrows (the other use of the word quiver in English, meaning to shake or tremble, originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, cwifer, meaning quick, or nimble). Quiver is used to translate two original Hebrew words of the Holy Scriptures which, interestingly, have two quite different literal meanings. The first, pronounced in Hebrew as tel-ee, is a masculine noun meaning a case for arrows; it's found only once in the Scriptures as they were actually written (see below). All other occurrences of what is translated as "quiver" was actually originally written as the Hebrew word pronounced ash-paw, a feminine noun meaning a cover. Although ash-paw is often used to refer to a container for arrows is as tel-ee, it's as often as not also used in a metaphorical sense (see below) - another example of how the actual original words of the Holy Bible sometimes have a more profound meaning than the words that have been used to translate them into English or other languages.

"thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow"

The only occurrence of the masculine noun tel-ee is used to refer to Esau's weapons (see also Archers).


"And it came to pass, that when Isaac [see also Isaac's Faith And Obedience] was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I. And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death: Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison"

All other Biblical references to a "quiver" translate the Hebrew feminine noun ash-paw, which is sometimes used to refer to an actual container for arrows, as in these examples:

"The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield." (Job 39:23 KJV)

"And Elam bare the quiver with chariots of men and horsemen, and Kir uncovered the shield" (Isaiah 22:6 KJV)

The Hebrew feminine noun ash-paw, while translated as "quiver," is however also sometimes used in ways that make its classification as a feminine noun more obvious, as in these two examples.

"Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The Lord [see also YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD] hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver [ash-paw] hath he hid me" (Isaiah 49:1-2 KJV)

"Lo, children are an heritage of The Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver [ash-paw] full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate." (Psalm 127:3-5 KJV)

Fact Finder: In Prophecy, the true Jesus Christ is described as returning with a great sword (Revelation 19:15). What different sort of weapon is the end-time false Christ (see also False Christs) metaphorically described as having?
Revelation 6:2
See also Two White Horses and Two Very Different Triumphal Entries

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