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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible [1]

Quarry . In the story of the slaughter of Eglon by Ehud (  Judges 3:1-31 ) we are told (  Judges 3:19 ) that Ehud turned back from ‘the quarries that were by Gilgal,’ while after the assassination he ‘escaped while they tarried, and passed beyond the quarries’ (  Judges 3:26 ). An alternative translation ‘graven images’ is given in AVm [Note: Authorized Version margin.] and RVm [Note: Revised Version margin.] , while other versions, e.g. LXX [Note: Septuagint.] and Vulg. [Note: Vulgate.] , read ‘idols.’ The Heb. word pÄ•sîlîm is applied to images of gods in wood, stone, or metal (  Deuteronomy 7:5;   Deuteronomy 7:25;   Deuteronomy 12:3 ,   Isaiah 21:9;   Isaiah 30:22 ,   2 Chronicles 34:4 ). Moore suggests the translation ‘sculptured stones (probably rude images).’ Probably the stones set up by Joshua to commemorate the crossing of the Jordan (  Joshua 4:1-24 ) are what is referred to.

‘Quarry’ occurs also in RV [Note: Revised Version.] of  1 Kings 6:7 . The stones used for the Temple building are said to have been prepared ‘at the quarry.’ AV [Note: Authorized Version.] reads ‘before it was brought thither,’ RVm [Note: Revised Version margin.] ‘when it was brought away.’ The translation ‘quarry’ is probably correct.

W. F. Boyd.

King James Dictionary [2]


1. A square as a quarry of glass. Not in use. 2. An arrow with a square head. See Quarrel. Not in use. 3. In falconry, the game which a hawk is pursuing or has killed. Perhaps from L. quaero. 4. Among hunters, a part of the entrails of the beast taken, given to the hounds.

QUAR'RY, n. I know not whether the original sense of this word was a pit or mine, from digging, or whether the sense was a place for squaring stone. L. curro. If the sense was a pit, it may be referred to the Heb.

1. A place, cavern or pit where stones are dug from the earth, or separated from a large mass of rocks. We generally apply the word mine to the pit from which are taken metals and coal from quarries are taken stones for building, as marble, freestone, slate, &c. 2. In Paris, the quarries are a vast cavern under the city, several miles in extent.

QUAR'RY, To prey upon, as a vulture or harpy. A low word and not much used.

QUAR'RY, To dig or take from a quarry as, to quarry marble.

Webster's Dictionary [3]

(1): ( n.) The object of the chase; the animal hunted for; game; especially, the game hunted with hawks.

(2): ( n.) A part of the entrails of the beast taken, given to the hounds.

(3): ( n.) A place, cavern, or pit where stone is taken from the rock or ledge, or dug from the earth, for building or other purposes; a stone pit. See 5th Mine (a).

(4): ( v. i.) To secure prey; to prey, as a vulture or harpy.

(5): ( v. t.) To dig or take from a quarry; as, to quarry marble.

(6): ( n.) A heap of game killed.

(7): ( a.) Quadrate; square.

(8): ( n.) Same as 1st Quarrel.

Holman Bible Dictionary [4]

 Ecclesiastes 10:9 Judges 3:19-26 pesalim   Joshua 4:1 1 Kings 6:7Masons

Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature [5]

Bibliography Information McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Quarry'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/q/quarry.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.