A flat, sometimes enclosed area. In biblical usage the term designated primarily the “threshing floor” (Gen 50:10; Judg 6:37; Ruth 3:14; 2Sam 24:21; Hos 13:3; Matt 3:12; Luke 3:17). This was usually a communal installation, a flat rock surface large enough to accommodate piles of grain from individual farmers. As for references to floors of structures, those included are the tabernacle (Num 5:17; evidently an earthen floor), a roof chamber (Judg 3:25; possibly a rolled earthen or plastered floor), Solomon’s Temple (1Kgs 6:15, described as partly overlaid with gold 1Kgs 6:30), and the Temple in Ezekiel’s specifications (Ezek 41:16; Ezek 41:20).

Gen 50:10

10When they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, they held there a very great and sorrowful lamentation; and he observed a time of m ... View more

Judg 6:37

37I am going to lay a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece alone, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that you wi ... View more

Ruth 3:14

14So she lay at his feet until morning, but got up before one person could recognize another; for he said, “It must not be known that the woman came to the thre ... View more

2Sam 24:21

21Araunah said, “Why has my lord the king come to his servant?” David said, “To buy the threshing floor from you in order to build an altar to the Lord, so that ... View more

Hos 13:3

3Therefore they shall be like the morning mist
or like the dew that goes away early,
like chaff that swirls from the threshing floor
or like smoke from a window ... View more

Matt 3:12

12His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquencha ... View more

Luke 3:17

17His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

Num 5:17

17the priest shall take holy water in an earthen vessel, and take some of the dust that is on the floor of the tabernacle and put it into the water.

Judg 3:25

25So they waited until they were embarrassed. When he still did not open the doors of the roof chamber, they took the key and opened them. There was their lord ... View more

1Kgs 6:15

15He lined the walls of the house on the inside with boards of cedar; from the floor of the house to the rafters of the ceiling, he covered them on the inside w ... View more

1Kgs 6:30

30The floor of the house he overlaid with gold, in the inner and outer rooms.

Ezek 41:16

16were paneled, and, all around, all three had windows with recessed frames. Facing the threshold the temple was paneled with wood all around, from the floor up ... View more

Ezek 41:20

20from the floor to the area above the door, cherubim and palm trees were carved on the wall.

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