is the occasional rendering in the A.V. of לִפַּיד, lappid (Zec 12:6), which usually signifies (and is translated) a lamp; and so λαμπάς (Joh 18:3). In Na 2:3 [Hebrews 4] it represents פּלָדָה,peladdh, which rather signifies iron. SEE STEEL. The distinction in the East between a torch and a lantern (q.v.) is not very marked as both are often but forms of flambeaus. SEE LAMP. A flaming torch is sometimes quoted by the prophets as the symbol of great anger and destruction (Zec 12:6). So also Isaiah (Isa 7:4) compares Rezin, king of Syria, and the king of Israel, two bitter enemies to Ahaz, king of Judah, to "two tails of smoking firebrands." SEE FIREBRAND.

Definition of torch

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