Sometimes horns were wrought into vessels in which oil was stored (1Ki 1:39) or carried (1Sa 16:1). Probably with some dainty ornamentation, they were used to hold eye-paint (Job 42:14, Keren-happuch). Of rams' horns a kind of trumpet was made Jos 6:4); see Music, 4 (2) (e). 'Horns' in poetry symbolized strength (De 33:17 etc.). 'Horn' in Ps 18:2 = 2Sa 22:3 stands for offensive weapons, as 'shield' for defensive (Perowne). To 'exalt one's born,' or 'cause it to bad' (grow), is to strengthen and prosper him (1Sa 2:1; Eze 29:21 etc.). For one to 'lift his horn' is to be arrogant (Ps 75:4-5). To crush or weaken one is to 'break or cut off his born' (Jer 48:25; La 2:3). In prophetic symbolism borns stand for kings and military powers (Da 7:8; 8:21 etc.). The altar borns (Ex 27:2), to which fugitives seeking asylum clung (1Ki 1:50 etc.), were projections at the four corners, and apparently peculiarly sacred (Ex 30:10 etc.); but their significance and use are now unknown.
Make horns for it on its four corners; the horns are to be of one piece. Overlay it with bronze.
"Once a year Aaron is to perform the purification rite on the horns of the altar. Throughout your generations he is to perform the purification rite for it once a year, with the blood of the sin offering for atonement. The altar is especially holy to the Lord."
His firstborn bull has splendor, and horns like those of a wild ox; he gores all the peoples with them to the ends of the earth. Such are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and such are the thousands of Manasseh.
Have seven priests carry seven ram's-horn trumpets in front of the ark. But on the seventh day, march around the city seven times, while the priests blow the trumpets.
Hannah prayed: My heart rejoices in the Lord; my horn is lifted up by the Lord. My mouth boasts over my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation.
The Lord said to Samuel, "How long are you going to mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and go. I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem because I have selected a king from his sons."
my God, my mountain where I seek refuge. My shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold, my refuge, and my Savior, You save me from violence.
Zadok the priest took the horn of oil from the tabernacle and anointed Solomon. Then they blew the ram's horn, and all the people proclaimed, "Long live King Solomon!"
Adonijah was afraid of Solomon, so he got up and went to take hold of the horns of the altar.
He named his first [daughter] Jemimah, his second Keziah, and his third Keren-happuch.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my mountain where I seek refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I say to the boastful, 'Do not boast,' and to the wicked, 'Do not lift up your horn. Do not lift up your horn against heaven or speak arrogantly.' "
Moab's horn is chopped off; his arm is shattered." [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration.
He has cut off every horn of Israel in His burning anger and withdrawn His right hand in the presence of the enemy. He has blazed against Jacob like a flaming fire that consumes everything [in its path].
"In that day I will cause a horn to sprout for the house of Israel, and I will enable you to speak out among them. Then they will know that I am the Lord."
"While I was considering the horns, suddenly another horn, a little one, came up among them, and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. There were eyes in this horn like a man's, and it had a mouth that spoke arrogantly.