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Dictionaries :: Garrison

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Easton's Bible Dictionary


(1.) Heb. matstsab, a station; a place where one stands (1Sa 14:12); a military or fortified post (1Sa 13:23; 14:1,4,6, etc.).

(2.) Heb. netsib, a prefect, superintendent; hence a military post (1Sa 10:5; 13:3,4; 2Sa 8:6). This word has also been explained to denote a pillar set up to mark the Philistine conquest, or an officer appointed to collect taxes; but the idea of a military post seems to be the correct one.

(3.) Heb. matstsebah, properly a monumental column; improperly rendered pl. "garrisons" in Eze 26:11; correctly in Revised Version "pillars," marg. "obelisks," probably an idolatrous image.

International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia




King James Dictionary

Garrison: A Guard, Watch or Patrol.

In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a GARRISON, desirous to apprehend me: and through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands. (2 Corinthians 11:32)

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words


For GARRISON see GUARD, B, No. 3

Smith's Bible Dictionary


The Hebrew words so rendered in the Authorized Version are derivatives from the root natsab, to "place, erect," which may be applied to a variety of objects.

(1.) Mattsab and mattsabah undoubtedly mean a "garrison" or fortified post (1 Samuel 13:23; 14:14; 1 Samuel 15; 2 Samuel 23:14).

(2.) Netsib is also used for a "garrison" in 1 Chronicles 11:16 but elsewhere for a "column" erected in an enemy's country as a token of conquest (1 Samuel 13:3).

(3.) The same word elsewhere means "officers" placed over a vanquished people (2 Samuel 8:6; 8:14; 1 Chronicles 18:13; 2 Chronicles 17:2).

(4.) Mattsebah in Ezekiel 26:11 means a "pillar."


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