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by Wayne Blank
"when He seeth the blood upon the lintel and on the two side posts, The Lord will pass over the door"
The Hebrew word pronounced mash-cofe means to lean out or to overhang. It is found only three times in the Holy Scriptures, all in referring to the lintel, or upper door post (the King James translates the original Hebrew word twice as "lintel" and once as "upper door post") upon which the blood of the Passover lamb was applied:
"And they shall take of the blood [see Why Blood?], and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post [i.e. mash-cofe] of the houses, wherein they shall eat it." (Exodus 12:7 KJV)
The Hebrew word pronounced aw-yil means strength. It is found over 170 times in the Scriptures, but is translated only once as "lintel" in the KJV. It is otherwise translated as "ram" or "rams" (most-often referring to those used in sacrifices), "posts," "mighty," "trees" or "oaks" (an example of each is included below).
"And for the entering of the oracle [see Oracles] he made doors of Olive Tree: the lintel [i.e. aw-yil] and side posts were a fifth part of the wall." (1 Kings 6:31 KJV)
The Hebrew word pronounced caf-tor means the capital of a column (the English word capital originated from a Latin word meaning head - captain originated from the same word as capital). It was written less than 20 times in the Holy Scriptures. The King James translates it twice as "lintel," the rest as "knop" (the older English version of knob). Examples:
"And flocks shall lie down in the midst of her, all the beasts of the nations: both the cormorant and the bittern shall lodge in the upper lintels [i.e. caf-tor] of it; their voice shall sing in the windows; desolation shall be in the thresholds: for he shall uncover the cedar work" (Zephaniah 2:14 KJV)
Fact Finder: Do the Holy Scriptures refer to Jesus Christ as "the stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner" (KJV)?