|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
Frequently used in its proper sense, for fastening a tent (Exodus 35:18; 39:40), yoking animals to a cart (Isaiah 5:18), binding prisoners (Judges 15:13; Psalm 2:3; 129:4), and measuring ground (2 Samuel 8;2; Psalm 78:55). Figuratively, death is spoken of as the giving way of the tent-cord (Job 4:21. "Is not their tent-cord plucked up?" R.V.). To gird one's self with a cord was a token of sorrow and humiliation. To stretch a line over a city meant to level it with the ground (Lamentations 2:8). The "cords of sin" are the consequences or fruits of sin (Proverbs 5:22). A "threefold cord" is a symbol of union (Ecclesiastes 4:12). The "cords of a man" (Hosea 11:4) means that men employ, in inducing each other, methods such as are suitable to men, and not "cords" such as oxen are led by. Isaiah (5:18) says, "Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope." This verse is thus given in the Chaldee paraphrase: "Woe to those who begin to sin by little and little, drawing sin by cords of vanity: these sins grow and increase till they are strong and are like a cart rope." This may be the true meaning. The wicked at first draw sin with a slender cord; but by-and-by their sins increase, and they are drawn after them by a cart rope. Henderson in his commentary says: "The meaning is that the persons described were not satisfied with ordinary modes of provoking the Deity, and the consequent ordinary approach of his vengeance, but, as it were, yoked themselves in the harness of iniquity, and, putting forth all their strength, drew down upon themselves, with accelerated speed, the load of punishment which their sins deserved."
Noah Webster's Dictionary
1. (n.) A string, or small rope, composed of several strands twisted together.
2. (n.) A solid measure, equivalent to 128 cubic feet; a pile of wood, or other coarse material, eight feet long, four feet high, and four feet broad; -- originally measured with a cord or line.
3. (n.) Fig.: Any moral influence by which persons are caught, held, or drawn, as if by a cord; an enticement; as, the cords of the wicked; the cords of sin; the cords of vanity.
4. (n.) Any structure having the appearance of a cord, esp. a tendon or a nerve. See under Spermatic, Spinal, Umbilical, Vocal.
5. (n.) See Chord.
6. (v. t.) To bind with a cord; to fasten with cords; to connect with cords; to ornament or finish with a cord or cords, as a garment.
7. (v. t.) To arrange (wood, etc.) in a pile for measurement by the cord.
8. (imp. & p. p.) of Core
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
kord (chebhet, yether, methar, `abhoth; schoinion):
(1) The Arabic chab'l corresponds to the Hebrew chebhel and is still the common name for cord or rope throughout the East. Such ropes or cords are made of goat's or camel's hair, first spun into threads and then twisted or plaited into the larger and stronger form. Chebhel is translated rather inconsistently in the Revised Version (British and American) by "cord" (Joshua 2:15 Job 36:8, etc.); by "line" (2 Samuel 8:2 Micah 2:5 Psalm 16:6; Psalm 78:55 Amos 7:17 Zechariah 2:1); by "ropes" (1 Kings 20:31), and by "tacklings" (Isaiah 33:23).
(2) Yether corresponds to the Arabic wittar, which means catgut. With a kindred inconsistency it is translated the Revised Version (British and American) by "withes" (Judges 16:7 the Revised Version, margin "bowstring"); by "cord" (Job 30:11), where some think it may mean "bowstring," or possibly "rein" of a bridle, and by "bowstring" (Psalm 11:2), doubtless the true meaning.
(3) Methar is considered the equivalent of Arabic atnab, which means tent ropes, being constantly so used by the Bedouin. They make the thing so called of goat's or camel's hair. It is used of the "cords" of the tabernacle (Jeremiah 10:20), of the "cords" of the "hangings" and "pillars" of the courts of the tabernacle in Exodus and Numbers, and figuratively by Isaiah 54:2, "Lengthen thy cords," etc.
(4) `Abhoth is thought to have its equivalent in the Arabic rubuts, which means a band, or fastening. See BAND. It is translated by "cords" in Psalm 118:27; Psalm 129:4; by "bands" in Ezekiel 3:25 Job 39:10 Hosea 11:4; by "ropes" in Judges 15:13, 14, and by "cart rope" in Isaiah 5:18. See CART. See also Numbers 15:38 and AMULET. It See ms to have the meaning of something twisted or interlaced.
(5) In the New Testament "cord" is found in John 2:15, translating schoinion, but in Acts 27:32 the same Greek word is rendered "ropes."
(1) of affliction (Job 36:8);
(2) of God's laws (Psalm 2:3);
(3) of the artifices of the wicked (Psalm 129:4; Psalm 140:5);
(4) of sinful habits (Proverbs 5:22);
(5) of true friendship or companionship (Ecclesiastes 4:12);
(6) possibly of the spinal cord (Ecclesiastes 12:6);
(7) of falsehood (Isaiah 5:18);
(8) of the spirit of enterprise and devotion (Isaiah 54:2);
(9) of God's gentleness.
George B. Eager
Cord (47 Occurrences)
Matthew 21:2 Saying to them, Go into the little town in front of you, and straight away you will see an ass with a cord round her neck, and a young one with her; let them loose and come with them to me. (BBE)
Mark 11:2 And said to them, Go into the little town opposite: and when you come to it, you will see a young ass with a cord round his neck, on which no man has ever been seated; let him loose, and come back with him. (BBE)
Luke 19:30 Saying, Go into the little town in front of you, and on going in you will see a young ass fixed with a cord, on which no man has ever been seated; let him loose and take him. (BBE)
John 1:27 of whom I am not worthy that I may loose the cord of his sandal.' (YLT)
Genesis 14:23 That I will not take so much as a thread or the cord of a shoe of yours; so that you may not say, I have given wealth to Abram: (BBE)
Genesis 38:18 He said, "What pledge will I give you?" She said, "Your signet and your cord, and your staff that is in your hand." He gave them to her, and came in to her, and she conceived by him. (WEB JPS ASV BBE NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 38:25 When she was brought forth, she sent to her father-in-law, saying, "By the man, whose these are, I am with child." She also said, "Please discern whose are these-the signet, and the cords, and the staff." (Root in WEB JPS ASV BBE NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 49:11 Knotting his ass's cord to the vine, and his young ass to the best vine; washing his robe in wine, and his clothing in the blood of grapes: (BBE)
Exodus 26:4 And you are to put twists of blue cord on the edge of the outside curtain of the first group of five, and on the edge of the outside curtain of the second group of five; (BBE)
Exodus 26:10 And you are to put fifty twists of cord on the edge of the outside curtain of one group, and fifty twists on the edge of the outside curtain of the other group. (BBE)
Exodus 28:28 So that the rings on the bag may be fixed to the rings of the ephod by a blue cord and on to the band of the ephod, so that the bag may not come loose from the ephod. (BBE NAS NIV)
Exodus 28:37 Put a blue cord on it and put it on the front of the twisted head-dress: (BBE NAS NIV)
Exodus 36:11 And they put twists of blue cord on the edge of the outside curtain of the first group, and in the same way on the outside curtain of the second group. (BBE)
Exodus 36:17 And they put fifty twists of cord on the edge of the outside curtain of the first group, and fifty twists on the edge of the outside curtain of the second group, (BBE)
Exodus 39:21 And the rings on the bag were fixed to the rings of the ephod by a blue cord, keeping it in place over the band, so that the bag might not get loose, as the Lord gave orders to Moses. (BBE NAS NIV)
Exodus 39:31 It was fixed to the head-dress by a blue cord, as the Lord had given orders to Moses. (BBE NAS NIV)
Numbers 15:38 "Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them that they should make themselves fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put on the fringe of each border a cord of blue: (WEB ASV BBE NAS RSV NIV)
Joshua 2:15 Then she let them down by a cord through the window; for her house was on the side of the wall, and she lived on the wall. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS)
Joshua 2:18 If, when we come into the land, you put this cord of bright red thread in the window from which you let us down; and get your father and mother and your brothers and all your family into the house; (BBE NAS RSV NIV)
Joshua 2:21 She said, "According to your words, so be it." She sent them away, and they departed. She tied the scarlet line in the window. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Joshua 9:4 Acting with deceit, got food together as if for a long journey; and took old food-bags for their asses, and old and cracked wine-skins kept together with cord; (BBE)
2 Samuel 8:2 He struck Moab, and measured them with the line, making them to lie down on the ground; and he measured two lines to put to death, and one full line to keep alive. The Moabites became servants to David, and brought tribute. (See NIV)
1 Kings 7:15 And he formeth the two pillars of brass; eighteen cubits 'is' the height of the one pillar, and a cord of twelve cubits doth compass the second pillar. (YLT)
2 Kings 19:28 Because your wrath against me and your words of pride have come up to my ears, I will put my hook in your nose and my cord in your lips, and I will make you go back by the way you came. (BBE)
Job 4:21 Isn't their tent cord plucked up within them? They die, and that without wisdom.' (WEB JPS ASV BBE DBY NAS RSV NIV)
Job 18:10 The twisted cord is put secretly in the earth to take him, and the cord is placed in his way. (BBE DBY YLT)
Job 28:4 He makes a deep mine far away from those living in the light of day; when they go about on the earth, they have no knowledge of those who are under them, who are hanging far from men, twisting from side to side on a cord. (BBE)
Job 30:11 For he has untied his cord, and afflicted me; and they have thrown off restraint before me. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT RSV)
Job 39:10 Will he be pulling your plough with cords, turning up the valleys after you? (Root in BBE DBY)
Job 41:1 "Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook, or press down his tongue with a cord? (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS RSV)
Job 41:2 Will you put a cord into his nose, or take him away with a cord round his tongue? (BBE NIV)
Psalms 11:2 See, the bows of the evil-doers are bent, they make ready their arrows on the cord, so that they may send them secretly against the upright in heart. (BBE)
Psalms 93:1 The Lord is King; he is clothed with glory; the Lord is clothed with strength; power is the cord of his robe; the world is fixed, so that it may not be moved. (BBE)
Proverbs 7:22 The simple man goes after her, like an ox going to its death, like a roe pulled by a cord; (BBE)
Proverbs 26:8 Giving honour to a foolish man is like attempting to keep a stone fixed in a cord. (BBE)
Ecclesiastes 4:12 If a man prevails against one who is alone, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Ecclesiastes 12:6 before the silver cord is severed, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is broken at the spring, or the wheel broken at the cistern, (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Isaiah 3:24 And in the place of sweet spices will be an evil smell, and for a fair band a thick cord; for a well-dressed head there will be the cutting-off of the hair, and for a beautiful robe there will be the clothing of sorrow; the mark of the prisoner in place of the ornaments of the free. (BBE)
Isaiah 5:27 There is no weariness among them, and no man is feeble-footed: they come without resting or sleeping, and the cord of their shoes is not broken. (BBE)
Isaiah 11:5 And righteousness will be the cord of his robe, and good faith the band round his breast. (BBE)
Isaiah 30:28 And his breath is as an overflowing stream, coming up even to the neck, shaking the nations for their destruction, like the shaking of grain in a basket: and he will put a cord in the mouths of the people, turning them out of their way. (BBE)
Isaiah 37:29 Because your wrath against me and your pride have come to my ears, I will put my hook in your nose and my cord in your lips, and I will make you go back by the way you came. (BBE)
Isaiah 48:4 Because I saw that your heart was hard, and that your neck was an iron cord, and your brow brass; (BBE)
Jeremiah 52:21 As to the pillars, eighteen cubits 'is' the height of the one pillar, and a cord of twelve cubits doth compass it, and its thickness 'is' four fingers hollow. (YLT)
Ezekiel 16:4 As for your birth, on the day of your birth your cord was not cut and you were not washed in water to make you clean; you were not salted or folded in linen bands. (BBE NAS NIV)
Ezekiel 40:3 He took me there, and I saw a man, looking like brass, with a linen cord in his hand and a measuring rod: and he was stationed in the doorway. (BBE DBY NIV)
Micah 2:5 Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord by lot in the congregation of the LORD. (KJV WBS)