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The English word "cord" originated from an ancient Greek word which referred to the Lyre (hence also the origin of the musical term "chord"). From that, the word developed to mean a string or woven rope of multiple strands (hence also the origin of the term being together in "accordance" and of the musical instrument known as the "accordion").

During Bible History, ropes and cords were variously made from either woven animal hair (e.g. goat, camel) and/or sometimes of, or with, leather. Ancient cords were as strong and durable as those in the present day, as illustrated in this example of the Israelite scouts escaping from Jericho by means of cords.

"2:15 Then she let them down by a cord through the window: for her house was upon the town wall, and she dwelt upon the wall." (Joshua 2:15 KJV)

"He had made a scourge of small cords, He drove them all out of the Temple"

The woven structure of cords provided a well-known Biblical saying.


"4:12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken." (Ecclesiastes 4:12 KJV)

The Tabernacle In The Wilderness was a tent that required driven pegs ("pins") and cords.

"35:18 The pins of the tabernacle, and the pins of the court, and their cords" (Exodus 38:18 KJV)

The future spiritual Temple of God will not require such physical support.

"33:20 Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken." (Isaiah 33:20 KJV)

Cords were also spoken of figuratively in which, like tent ropes, the LORD supports those who "stand" by Him - while those who reject Him will surely fall.

"30:11 Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me." (Job 30:11 KJV)

"36:8 And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction; 36:9 Then he showeth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded." (Job 36:8-9 KJV)

"5:18 Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope" (Isaiah 5:18 KJV)

"129:4 The LORD is righteous: he hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked." (Psalm 129:4 KJV)

"140:5 The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set gins for me" (Psalm 140:5 KJV)

Jesus Christ used cords to drive the money changers out of the Temple.

"2:14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: 2:15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; 2:16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise." (John 2:14-16 KJV)

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