quiver

quiver

A container for carrying arrows, usually made of leather and carried on the back or over the shoulder. The quiver was standard equipment for archers, both hunters (Gen 27:3) and soldiers (Job 39:23; Isa 22:6). Figuratively speaking, (Lam 3:13) attributes the distress that accompanied Jerusalem’s fall to the arrows of God’s quiver. This connection between arrows and quivers was so well known that biblical writers used these objects as symbols for the relationship between children and parents (Ps 127:5), the servant and God (Isa 49:2), and war and death (Jer 5:16).

Gen 27:3

3Now then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field, and hunt game for me.

Job 39:23

23Upon it rattle the quiver,
the flashing spear, and the javelin.

Isa 22:6

6Elam bore the quiver
with chariots and cavalry,
and Kir uncovered the shield.

Lam 3:13

13He shot into my vitals
the arrows of his quiver;

Ps 127:5

5Happy is the man who has
his quiver full of them.
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Isa 49:2

2He made my mouth like a sharp sword,
in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow,
in his quiver he hid me away.

Jer 5:16

16Their quiver is like an open tomb;
all of them are mighty warriors.

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