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Various Hebrew words are translated 'basket,' and doubtless the size, shape and strength varied according to the purpose for which they were intended. In the N.T. there are three Greek words used: συργάνη, 'a hamper,' in which Paul was let down by the wall, 2 Corinthians 11:33 , though for the same occurrence another word is used in Acts 9:25 , σπυρίς,which also signifies 'a hamper,' and is used for the seven baskets of fragments remaining after the four thousand were fed. Matthew 15:37 ; Matthew 16:10 ; Mark 8:8,20 . When the five thousand were fed there were twelve baskets of fragments, but it was then the κόφινος,'a hand basket.' Matthew 14:20 ; Matthew 16:9 ; Mark 6:43 ; Mark 8:19 ; Luke 9:17 ; John 6:13 . The two perfect numbers seven and twelve show the inexhaustible supply the Lord furnishes when His purpose is to bless His own.

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Basket '. Morrish Bible Dictionary. 1897.

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