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A large, deep, earthenware or glass container with a narrow mouth and handle. Neither KJV nor RSV use the term. NIV uses jug in three passages: a water jug (1Samuel 26:11-12,1 Samuel 26:16 ; KJV, bottle; NRSV, jar); an oil jug (1Kings 17:12,1Kings 17:14,1 Kings 17:16 ; KJV, RSV, cruse; NRSV, jug); and an unspecified container (Jeremiah 48:12 ; KJV, bottle; RSV, jar). The NAS uses jug in seven passages. At 1 Samuel 1:24 ; 1 Samuel 10:3 ; 1 Samuel 16:20 ; 1 Samuel 25:18 ; 2 Samuel 16:1 the translation “skins” is preferable (NIV, NRSV). At Jeremiah 13:12 the RSV translation “jar” is preferred (NIV, skin). The KJV generally rendered the underlying Hebrew terms as bottle. See Pottery in Bible Times ; Vessels and Utensils .

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Jug'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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