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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary Hebrew Lexicon
Strong's #4296 - מִטָּה
1) couch, bed, bier
1308) un (נתה NTh) AC: Spread CO: Squash AB: ?: The pictograph n is a picture of a seed, the u is a picture of a basket. Combined these mean "seed basket". Squash seeds were planted along the routes of the travelers and nomads for future use by themselves and other travelers. The squash plant spreads out over a large area forming varied sizes and shapes of squash fruit. Dried squash fruit becomes a hard hollow shell (באסכת basket) with the seeds inside and when shaken they rattle inside.
Jeff Benner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
מִטָּה f. (from the root נָטָה, like the Gr. κλίνη, from κλίνω).
(1) a bed
(a) for sleeping or sickness, Genesis 47:31, 48:2 49:33 Ex. 7:28.
(b) such as a person lay on at table, Esther 1:6; Ezekiel 23:41.
(c) on which one takes a little rest (sofa), Amos 3:12, 6:4.
(2) a litter, Song of Solomon 3:7.
(3) a bier, a litter on which the dead were carried, 2 Samuel 3:31.