shibboleth

shibboleth (Shib´uh-lith; Heb., either “ear of grain” or “flood, torrent”)

The password required by Jephthah’s Gileadite sentries (Judg 12:6). Ephraimites retreating across the Jordan could only say “sibboleth,” and forty-two units were slain.

Judg 12:6

6they said to him, “Then say Shibboleth,” and he said, “Sibboleth,” for he could not pronounce it right. Then they seized him and killed him at the fords of the ... View more

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