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see ShibbolethShibboleth
, in the Bible, test word that the Gileadites made the Ephraimites pronounce. As Ephraimites could not say sh but only s as in "Sibboleth," this was regarded as a test of an Ephraimite; 42,000 Ephraimites were thus detected.
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They said sibboleth, nd, t the invisible border between shi nd si, betryed themselves to the sentinel t the risk of their lives.
Nay, then they said unto him, Say now Shibboleth, and he said Sibboleth: for he could not flame to pronounce it right.
If he said, No, They said to him, Then say Shibboleth; and he said Sibboleth: for he could not pronounce it right.