A shaped piece of wood whose length far exceeds its girth. In the Bible, “beam” refers to part of a loom and to timbers for construction. The “weaver’s beam” was the large bar on which the warp cords were wound. It served as the model for a huge spear handle in biblical tradition (1Sam 17:7
; 2Sam 21:19
; 1Chr 11:23
; 1Chr 20:5
). Construction beams were used to support walls and ceilings (1Kgs 6:6
; 1Kgs 6:9
) and could level stone courses (1Kgs 6:36
). They could also be used in gates (Neh 2:8
; Neh 3:3
; Neh 3:6
) either as swing pivots or bars for locking against intrusion.
7The shaft of his spear was like a weaver's beam, and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron; and his shield-bearer went before him.
19Then there was another battle with the Philistines at Gob; and Elhanan son of Jaare-oregim, the Bethlehemite, killed Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose s ... View more
23And he killed an Egyptian, a man of great stature, five cubits tall. The Egyptian had in his hand a spear like a weaver's beam; but Benaiah went against him w ... View more
5Again there was war with the Philistines; and Elhanan son of Jair killed Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver's ... View more
6The lowest story was five cubits wide, the middle one was six cubits wide, and the third was seven cubits wide; for around the outside of the house he made off ... View more
9So he built the house, and finished it; he roofed the house with beams and planks of cedar.
36He built the inner court with three courses of dressed stone to one course of cedar beams.
8and a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king's forest, directing him to give me timber to make beams for the gates of the temple fortress, and for the wall of ... View more
3The sons of Hassenaah built the Fish Gate; they laid its beams and set up its doors, its bolts, and its bars.
6Joiada son of Paseah and Meshullam son of Besodeiah repaired the Old Gate; they laid its beams and set up its doors, its bolts, and its bars.