A supporting beam for a city gate or for the doorway of a sanctuary or private house. The Israelites sprinkled the blood of the Passover sacrifice on their doorposts to avoid the killing of their firstborn (Exod 12:7; Exod 22-23:7). Samson pulled out the gate and gateposts of Gaza (Judg 16:3). The Israelites were enjoined to write divine exhortations upon their doorposts, in addition to reciting and teaching them, and binding them to the hand and forehead (Deut 6:9; Deut 11:20).

Exod 12:7

7They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.

Exod 22-23:7

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1 When someone steals an ox or a sheep, and slaughters it or sells it, the thief shall pay five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep. ... View more

Judg 16:3

3But Samson lay only until midnight. Then at midnight he rose up, took hold of the doors of the city gate and the two posts, pulled them up, bar and all, put th ... View more

Deut 6:9

9and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Deut 11:20

20Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates,

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