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Easton's Bible Dictionary


a tent or tabernacle (2Sa 22:12; 1Ki 20:12-16), or enclosure (Psa 18:11; 27:5). In Jer 43:10 it probably denotes the canopy suspended over the judgement-seat of the king.

International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia


pa-vil'-yun: A covered place, booth, tent, in which a person may be kept hid or secret (cokh, Ps 27:5; cukkah-the usual term-Ps 31:20), or otherwise be withdrawn from view. The term is used with reference to God (2Sa 22:12; Ps 18:11); to kings drinking in privacy (1Ki 20:12,16); the Revised Version (British and American) gives "pavilion" for the King James Version "tabernacle" in Job 36:29; Isa 4:6; while in Nu 25:8 it substitutes this word, with the margin "alcove," for the King James Version "tent" (qubbah), and Jer 43:10, for "royal pavilion" (shaphrur), reads in the margin "glittering pavilion."

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King James Dictionary

Pavilion: Tabernacle; Dwelling.

He made darkness his secret place; his PAVILION round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire. (Psalm 18:11-12)

Smith's Bible Dictionary


a temporary movable tent or habitation.

(1.) Soc, properly an enclosed place, also rendered "tabernacle," "covert" and "den;" once only "pavilion." (Psalm 27:5). (Among the Egyptians pavilions were built in a similar style to houses, though on a smaller scale in various parts of the country, and in the foreign districts through which the Egyptian armies passed, for the use of the king-Wilkinson.)

(2.) Succah, Usually "tabernacle" and "booth."

(3.) Shaphrur and shaphrir, a word used once only, in Jeremiah 49:10 to signify glory or splendor, and hence probably to be understood of the splendid covering of the royal throne.

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