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People say the Bible is “difficult to understand”. Here is an example.

Job 9:25 (KJV) Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.

In Bible study, two of the rules we used to understand the meaning of a word are:
1. The Bible defines itself. (It has a built-in dictionary.)
2. Context determines meaning.

In the following verses, it is clear what is meant by “post”:
Exodus 12:7 (KJV) “post of the house”
Exodus 21:6 (KJV) “door post”
1 Samuel 1:9 (KJV) “post of the temple”
Ezekiel 40:14 (KJV) “post of the court”
Ezekiel 40:48 (KJV) “post of the porch”
Ezekiel 41:3 (KJV) “post of the door”
Ezekiel 46:2 (KJV) “post of the gate”

QUESTION: How can a “post” be swift?
ANSWER: Who says a “post” always stays and never travels?

The Bible’s Built-in Dictionary:
The Bible definition for “post” in Job 9:25 can be found in Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 51:31 (KJV) One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to shew the king of Babylon that his city is taken at one end,
A “post” is a “messenger” who “runs” (Jer. 51:31). He is a postman who delivers mail.

Google Definition
Using the Google search engine, the search words “post definition” yield the following meanings:
• A long, sturdy piece of timber or metal set upright in the ground and used to support something or as a marker
• An online posting
• British: the official service or system that delivers letters and parcels
• Historical: one of a series of couriers who carried mail on horseback between fixed stages
• Archaic: a person or vehicle that carries mail
• A position of paid employment; a job
• A place where someone is on duty or where a particular activity is carried out
 

A “post” can be something “set upright in the ground”, something “online”, some “service or system”, some “person or vehicle”, some “position” or “job”, or some “place”.

British and American Vocabulary

British American
post mail
postbox mailbox
postcode zip code
postman mailman, mail carrier, letter carrier

CONCLUSION:  By Bible definition, the “post”in Job 9:25 is a “messenger” (Jer. 5:31) or a postman who “runs” to deliver messages or mail.

APPLICATION: “Now my days are swifter than a post.” (Job 9:25) Let us “run” and be “swifter than a post” to deliver the gospel.

 

 

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