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Easton's Bible Dictionary


An encampment was the resting-place for a longer or shorter period of an army or company of travellers (Exd 13:20; 14:19; Jos 10:5; 11:5).

The manner in which the Israelites encamped during their march through the wilderness is described in Num. 2 and 3. The order of the encampment (See CAMP) was preserved in the march (Num 2:17), the signal for which was the blast of two silver trumpets. Detailed regulations affecting the camp for sanitary purposes are given (Lev 4:11,12; 6:11; 8:17; 10:4,5; 13:46; 14:3; Num 12:14,15; 31:19; Deu 23:10,12).

Criminals were executed without the camp (Lev 4:12; Jhn 19:17,20), and there also the young bullock for a sin-offering was burnt (Lev 24:14; Hbr 13:12).

In the subsequent history of Israel frequent mention is made of their encampments in the time of war (Jdg 7:18; 1Sa 13:2,3,16,23; 17:3; 29:1; 30:9,24). The temple was sometimes called "the camp of the Lord" (2Ch 31:2, R.V.; Psa 78:28). The multitudes who flocked to David are styled "a great host (i.e., "camp; " Heb. mahaneh), like the host of God" (1Ch 12:22).


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