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The English word lintel originated from a Latin word meaning limit. In English, the word lintel refers to the horizontal member at the top of a door or window that rests upon the two vertical posts or frames at each side. "Lintel" is used to translate three original Hebrew words of the Holy Scriptures, some of which have a much wider meaning than the English word.

"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:

Passover In Egypt

"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)

"Then Moses [see also The Education Of Moses and The Veil of Moses] called for all the elders of Israel [see also The Senate], and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the Passover [see also Christ's Passover]. And ye shall take a bunch of Hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel [i.e. mash-cofe] and the two side posts with the blood that is in the basin; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. For The Lord [see also YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD] will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel [i.e. mash-cofe], and on the two side posts, The Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you [see also Christ's Mercy Seat]. And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever." (Exodus 12:21-24 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)

"One young bullock, one ram [i.e. aw-yil], one lamb of the first year, for a burnt offering" (Numbers 7:15 KJV)

"And the posts [i.e. aw-yil] thereof were toward the utter court; and palm trees were upon the posts thereof, on this side, and on that side: and the going up to it had eight steps" (Ezekiel 40:37 KJV)

"And hath taken of the king's seed, and made a covenant with him, and hath taken an oath of him: he hath also taken the mighty [i.e. aw-yil] of the land" (Ezekiel 17:13 KJV)

"To the end that none of all the trees [i.e. aw-yil] by the waters exalt themselves for their height" (Ezekiel 31:14 KJV)

"For they shall be ashamed of the oaks [i.e. aw-yil] which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen." (Isaiah 1:29 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)

"Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop [i.e. caf-tor] and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like Almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick" (Exodus 25:33 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)?
Matthew 21:42
See also High Priest to King of The World

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