|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
Lame on the feet (Genesis 32:31; Psalm 38:17). To "halt between two opinions" (1 Kings 18:21) is supposed by some to be an expression used in "allusion to birds, which hop from spray to spray, forwards and backwards." The LXX. render the expression "How long go ye lame on both knees?" The Hebrew verb rendered "halt" is used of the irregular dance ("leaped upon") around the altar (ver. 26). It indicates a lame, uncertain gait, going now in one direction, now in another, in the frenzy of wild leaping.
Noah Webster's Dictionary
1. (v.) 3d pers. sing. pres. of Hold, contraction for holdeth.
2. (n.) A stop in marching or walking, or in any action; arrest of progress.
3. (v. i.) To hold one's self from proceeding; to hold up; to cease progress; to stop for a longer or shorter period; to come to a stop; to stand still.
4. (v. i.) To stand in doubt whether to proceed, or what to do; to hesitate; to be uncertain.
5. (v. t.) To cause to cease marching; to stop; as, the general halted his troops for refreshment.
6. (a.) Halting or stopping in walking; lame.
7. (n.) The act of limping; lameness.
8. (v.) To walk lamely; to limp.
9. (v.) To have an irregular rhythm; to be defective.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
holt (tsala`, "to limp"; cholos, "lame," "crippled"): the American Standard Revised Version in Genesis 32:31 prefers "limped"; in Micah 4:6, 7; Ze 3:19, "is (or was) lame"; in Luke 14:21, the American Standard Revised Version and the English Revised Version have "lame." In 1 Kings 18:21 a different word (pacach) is used in English Versions of the Bible of moral indecision: "How long halt ye between two opinions?" the American Standard Revised Version renders, "How long go ye limping between the two sides?"
Halt (12 Occurrences)
Matthew 18:8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. (KJV ASV WBS)
Mark 9:45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: (KJV ASV WBS)
Luke 7:14 Then He went close and touched the bier, and the bearers halted. "Young man," He said, "I command you, wake!" (Root in WEY NAS)
John 5:3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. (KJV ASV WBS)
2 Samuel 2:28 So Joab blew the trumpet; and all the people stood still, and pursued after Israel no more, neither fought they any more. (See NAS NIV)
2 Samuel 20:12 Amasa lay wallowing in his blood in the midst of the highway. When the man saw that all the people stood still, he carried Amasa out of the highway into the field, and cast a garment over him, when he saw that everyone who came by him stood still. (See NIV)
1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. (KJV JPS DBY WBS)
Job 38:11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed? (Root in KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NIV)
Psalms 35:15 But at my halting they rejoiced, and gathered together: the slanderers gathered themselves together against me, and I knew it not; they did tear me, and ceased not: (DBY JPS YLT)
Psalms 38:17 For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me. (KJV JPS DBY WBS YLT)
Isaiah 10:32 This very day he will halt at Nob. He shakes his hand at the mountain of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem. (WEB JPS ASV DBY NAS RSV NIV)
Nahum 2:8 But Nineveh has been from of old like a pool of water, yet they flee away. "Stop! Stop!" they cry, but no one looks back. (See RSV)