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Dictionaries :: Hedge

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International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia

Hedge:

hej:

(1) mecukhah, "a thorn hedge," only in Mic 7:4.; mesukkah, "a hedge" (Isa 5:5); mesukhath chadheq, "a hedge of thorns" (Pr 15:19).

(2) gadher, and geherah, translated "hedges" in the Revised Version (British and American) only in Ps 89:40, elsewhere "fence." GEDERAH (which  see) in the Revised Version margin is translated "hedges" (1Ch 4:23).

(3) na‘atsuts, "thorn-hedges" (Isa 7:19).

(4) phragmos, translated "hedge" (Mt 21:33; Mr 12:1; Lu 14:23); "partition" in Eph 2:14, which is its literal meaning. In the Septuagint it is the usual equivalent of the above Hebrew words.

Loose stone walls without mortar are the usual "fences" around fields in Palestine, and this is what gadher and gedherah signify in most passages. Hedges made of cut thorn branches or thorny bushes are very common in the plains and particularly in the Jordan valley.

Written by E. W. G. Masterman

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g5418 Greek: phragmos

Hedge:

denotes any sort of fence, hedge, palings or wall (akin to phrasso, "to fence in, stop"). It is used

(a) in its literal sense, in Mat 21:33, lit. "(he put) a hedge (around);" Mar 12:1; Luk 14:23;

(b) metaphorically, of the "partition" which separated Gentile from Jew, which was broken down by Christ through the efficacy of His expiatory sacrifice, Eph 2:14.

Smith's Bible Dictionary

Hedge:

The Hebrew words thus rendered denote simply that which surrounds or encloses, whether it be a stone wall, geder (Proverbs 24:31; Ezekiel 42:10) or a fence of other materials. The stone walls which surround the sheepfolds of modern Palestine are frequently crowned with sharp thorns.

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