Ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian art shows rope being used as riggings of a ship, bowstrings, binding on prisoners, whips, etc.
חוּט, H2562, is a cord dyed scarlet (
אַגְמוֹן, H109, a “bulrush,” once indicates rope with which to lead an animal (
J. B. Pritchard, ANEP (1954), figs. 1, 7, 10, 298, 332; R. J. Forbes, Studies in Ancient Technology, IV (1956), 2-80.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
(chebhet, yether, methar, `abhoth; schoinion):
(2) Yether corresponds to the Arabic wittar, which means catgut. With a kindred inconsistency it is translated the Revised Version (British and American) by "withes" (
(3) Methar is considered the equivalent of Arabic atnab, which means tent ropes, being constantly so used by the Bedouin. They make the thing so called of goat’s or camel’s hair. It is used of the "cords" of the tabernacle (
(5) In the
(1) of affliction (
(2) of God’s laws (
(3) of the artifices of the wicked (
(4) of sinful habits (
(5) of true friendship or companionship (
(6) possibly of the spinal cord (
(7) of falsehood (
(8) of the spirit of enterprise and devotion (
(9) of God’s gentleness.
George B. Eager