EAR (Heb. ’ōzen, Gr. ous, ōtion, the physical organ of hearing). In biblical times people spoke to each other’s ears; instead of listening they “inclined their ears.” When they prayed, God “bowed down his ear” to hear them. The ear had a significant part in some Jewish ceremonies. It was sanctified by blood in the consecration of Aaron and his sons to the priesthood (
EAR (אֹ֫זֶן, H265, οὐ̂ς, ὠτίον, little ear). The vital organ of hearing, while used in the physical sense often, more frequently involves the idea of understanding and obedient response. The tip of the right ear of the priests was touched with blood during their consecration (
God is said to open men’s ears with the result that they gain understanding (
In contrast to idols (
Cutting off ears was a feared practice of the enemy (
M. Dahood, Psalm I, in The Anchor Bible (1966), 246.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
(’ozen; ous, otion, the latter word (literally, "earlet") in all the Gospels only used of the ear of the high priest’s servant, which was cut off by Peter: