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Easton's Bible Dictionary


(1.) Heb. hagor, a girdle of any kind worn by soldiers (1Sa 18:4; 2Sa 20:8; 1Ki 2:5; 2Ki 3:21) or women (Isa 3:24).

(2.) Heb. 'ezor, something "bound," worn by prophets (2Ki 1:8; Jer 13:1), soldiers (Isa 5:27; 2Sa 20:8; Eze 23:15), Kings (Job 12:18).

(3.) Heb. mezah, a "band," a girdle worn by men alone (Psa 109:19; Isa 22:21).

(4.) Heb. 'abnet, the girdle of sacerdotal and state officers (Exd 28:4,39,40; 29:9; 39:29).

(5.) Heb. hesheb, the "curious girdle" (Exd 28:8; R.V., "cunningly woven band") was attached to the ephod, and was made of the same material.

The common girdle was made of leather (2Ki 1:8; Mat 3:4); a finer sort of linen (Jer 13:1; Eze 16:10; Dan 10:5). Girdles of sackcloth were worn in token of sorrow (Isa 3:24; 22:12). They were variously fastened to the wearer (Mar 1:6; Jer 13:1; Eze 16:10).

The girdle was a symbol of strength and power (Job 12:18,21; 30:11; Isa 22:21; 45:5). "Righteousness and faithfulness" are the girdle of the Messiah (Isa 11:5).

Girdles were used as purses or pockets (Mat 10:9. A. V., "purses; Also Mar 6:8).

International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia





King James Dictionary

Girdle: Belt.

And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a GIRDLE of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey. (Mark 1:5)

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g2223 Greek: zone


Eng., "zone," denotes "a belt or girdle," Mat 3:4; Mar 1:6; Act 21:11; Rev 1:13; 15:6; it was often hollow, and hence served as a purse, Mat 10:9; Mar 6:8.

Smith's Bible Dictionary


an essential article of dress in the East, and worn by both men and women. The common girdle was made of leather (2 Kings 1:8; Matthew 3:4) like that worn by the Bedouins of the present day. A finer girdle was made of linen (Jeremiah 13:1; Ezekiel 16:10) embroidered with silk, and sometimes with gold and silver thread (Daniel 10:5; Revelation 1:13; 15:6) and frequently studded with gold and precious stones or pearls. The military girdle was worn about the waist; the sword or dagger was suspended from it (Judges 3:16; 2 Samuel 20:8; Psalm 45:3). Hence girding up the loins denotes preparation for battle or for active exertion. Girdles were used as pockets, as they still are among the Arabs, and as purses, one end of the girdle being folded back for the purpose (Matthew 10:9; Mark 6:8).


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