“An apartment in Eastern houses, furnished with a slightly” elevated platform at the upper end and sometimes along the “sides, on which were laid mattresses. This was the general” arrangement of the public sleeping-room for the males of the “family and for guests, but there were usually besides distinct” bed-chambers of a more private character (2 Kings 4:10; Ex. 8:3; “2 Kings 6:12). In 2 Kings 11:2 this word denotes, as in the” “margin of the Revised Version, a store-room in which mattresses” were kept.

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