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By Jeff A. Benner

The open air market place is a very popular method of selling produce and other items in Israel. The Modern Hebrew word for the market place is שוק (shuk). This word is found three times in the Hebrew Bible (Psalm 65:10(9), Joel 2:24 and 3:13) In Psalm 65:10 (9 in Christian Bibles) the KJV reads, "thou visitest the earth, and waterest it." The word "waterest" is the translation of שוק (shuk), but in the context of the meaning of this word, it would be better translated something like, "you visited the earth and made it overflowing." This idea of overflowing is clearly seen in Joel 2:24.

The threshing floors shall be full of grain, the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. (RSV)

The "market place" is a place "overflowing" with produce.

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