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stōōl ( אבנים , 'obhnayim ): It is not clear what the character and purpose of this stool were Septuagint has no reference to it). It seems to have been a chair of a peculiar sort upon which a woman reclined in parturition ( Exodus 1:16 ). The Hebrew word is in the dual number and primarily means "two stones." The only other place where it occurs is Jeremiah 18:3 , where it is rendered "wheels" Septuagint ἐπὶ τῶν λίθων , epı́ tṓn lı́thōn , "on the stones"). In 2 Kings 4:10 , the word translated in the King James Version as "stool" (כּסּא , kiṣṣē' ) is in the Revised Version (British and American) more correctly translated "seat." See also BIRTH-STOOL ; SEAT .

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Stool'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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