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- In the qal form, it describes the "shooting" of arrows in Jeremiah 50:14.
- The piel form means "throwing" (as in throwing stones at a person, in Lamentations 3:53) or "casting down" ("the horns of the nations," in Zechariah 2:4).
- In the hiphil form, it normally means "praising" (usually in the context of ritual worship) and occasionally for confessing one's sins.
- The hitpael form has a similar range of meanings, but the word most often means "confession" and less commonly "praise".
- Francis Brown; Samuel Rolles Driver; Charles Augustus Briggs (1898). Brown-Driver-Briggs. Clarendon Press. p. 392.