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- (1.) Lev. 11:35. Probably a cooking furnace for two or more\npots, as the Hebrew
word here is in the dual number; or perhaps\na fire-place fitted to receive a pair of ovens.
(2.) 2 Kings 11:8. A Hebrew word is here used different from\nthe preceding, meaning "ranks of soldiers." The Levites were\nappointed to guard the king's person within the temple (2 Chr.\n23:7), while the soldiers were his guard in the court, and in\ngoing from the temple to the palace. The soldiers are here\ncommanded to slay any one who should break through the "ranks"\n(as rendered in the R.V.) to come near the king. In 2 Kings\n11:15 the expression, "Have her forth without the ranges," is in\nthe Revised Version, "Have her forth between the ranks;" i.e.,\nJehoiada orders that Athaliah
should be kept surrounded by his\nown guards, and at the same time conveyed beyond the precincts\nof the temple.
From Easton's Bible Dictionary (1897)