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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Bond
BOND. A biblical word often referring to something that restricts one’s freedom.A. Old TestamentIn the OT the word “bond” is used to refer to a state of servitude, or “bondage.” Thus “bondmaid” (Exod 23:12) and “bondwoman” (Deut 15:17) are used for the Heb ʾāmāh, generally “maidservant” as in their
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Bond, Bondage
Bond, Bondage. Anything that fastens or restrains; subjection or slavery. The basic concept in Hebrew and Greek words translated “bond” or “bondage” is “loss of freedom.” The concept connotes servitude to another. The OT uses several words for bondage to describe the period of Israelite servitude in
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Bond
Bond [Heb. ’ēsûr, mosēr, māsoreṯ (all cognates of ’āsar—‘tie, bind’), ‘aṣûr, harsubbâ (Isa. 58:6); Gk. desmós, sýndesmos, cheirógraphon (Col. 2:14)]; AV also BAND; NEB also FETTERS, COLLAR, CORDS, TRACES. Used literally and figuratively for a condition of servitude or obligation as well
Chain
Chain [Heb. šaršerâ, rattûqâ (1 K. 6:21; Isa. 40:19), rāḇîḏ (Gen. 41:42; Ezk. 16:11), ziqqîm,’aziqqîm (Jer. 40:1, 4), neḥōšeṯ (Lam. 3:7), ma‘aḏannôṯ (Job 38:31); Aram hamnîḵ (Dnl. 5:7, 16, 29); Gk. hálysis, desmós]; AV also BONDS, “sweet influences” (Job 38:31); NEB also CHAINWORK,
Fetter
Fetter [Heb. neḥōšeṯ (Jgs. 16:21; 2 S. 3:34; 2 K. 25:7 par; 2 Ch. 33:11; 36:6), ziqqîm, keḇel (Ps. 105:18; 149:8), ʾēsûr, bêṯ pequddâ-‘guardhouse’ (Jer. 52:11); Gk. desmós, pédē (Mk. 5:4)]; AV also BANDS, BONDS, CHAINS, etc.; NEB also IRONS, PRISON, “shut up.” Except for 2 Tim. 2:9
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Bond, Bondage
BOND, BONDAGE Anything that fastens or restrains; subjection or slavery. The basic concept in Hebrew and Greek words translated “bond” or “bondage” is “loss of freedom.” The concept connotes servitude to another. The OT uses several words for bondage to describe the period of Israelite servitude in Egypt
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Chains
chains. Composed of various metals, both base and precious, chains were used in ancient Israel as jewelry (e.g., Gen. 41:42; Ezek. 16:11), for architectural ornamentation (1 Kings 7:17), and in assembling the priestly vestments (e.g., Exod. 28:14). Apparently, chains were also used to bind prisoners
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Bond
BOND. In the KJV, bond represents four Gr. and four Heb. words meaning “chain,” “fetter,” “slave,” or, in a figurative sense, a moral or legal obligation.In Acts 8:23, the “bond of iniquity” seems to mean the fetter that consists of unrighteousness. In Eph 4:3, “bond of peace” means the bond that consists
Chain
CHAIN. The term “chain” is used in two different senses. Chains were used, as were ropes, for binding prisoners (Jer 39:7; 52:11; Nah 3:10; Acts 12:6; 21:33; 28:20). More frequently we read of ornamental chains and necklaces strung with precious stones, particularly pearls (Jdg 8:26; Ezk 16:11). Such
Fetters
FETTERS. Instruments used in securing feet and hands of prisoners. Fetters were made in pairs, usually of iron or brass. The word is always used in the plural. “He sent a man before them, even Joseph who was sold for a servant: whose feet they hurt with fetters” (Ps 105:17–18). The word is sometimes
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Bond
Bond. †A means of physical restraint (e.g., Samson’s bonds, Judg. 15:14, Heb. ˒asûrîm; KJV “bonds”; NIV “bindings”) or condition of servitude, as in the frequently occurring expression “bond [Heb. ˓āṣûr] and free” (KJV “shut up and left”; JB “fettered and free”; NIV “slave or free”).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Chain
Chain. Chains were used,1. As badges of office; 2. For ornament; 3. For confining prisoners.1. The gold chain placed about Joseph’s neck, Gen. 41:42, and that promised to Daniel, Dan. 5:7, are instances of the first use. In Ezek. 16:11 the chain is mentioned as the symbol of sovereignty. 2. Chains
Fetters
Fetters. Fetters were for the feet only, while chains were for any part of the body. They were usually made of brass, and also in pairs, the word being in the dual number. Iron was occasionally employed for the purpose. Ps. 105:18; 149:8.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Bond
BOND. The translation of several Heb. and Gk. words; an obligation of any kind (Num. 30:2, 4, 12). It is used to signify oppression, captivity, affliction (Ps. 116:16). We read of the “bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3); and love, because it completes the Christian character, is called the “perfect bond of unity” (Col.
Chain
CHAIN. The rendering of several Heb. and Gk. words. From ancient times chains have been used, as at present, both for ornament, bondage, and badges of office.
Fetters
FETTERS. An archaic term for shackles or chains used for binding prisoners either by the wrists or ankles (Judg. 16:21; 2 Kings 25:7; 2 Chron. 33:11; Mark 5:4). In the original several words are used; the NASB and NIV usually render “chains,” but sometimes the NASB has “fetters” (so 2 Kings 25:7).The
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Bond
Bondan obligation of any kind (Num. 30:2, 4, 12). The word means also oppression or affliction (Ps. 116:16; Phil. 1:7). Christian love is the “bond of perfectness” (Col. 3:14), and the influences of the Spirit are the “bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3).
Chain
Chain(1.) A part of the insignia of office. A chain of gold was placed about Joseph’s neck (Gen. 41:42); and one was promised to Daniel (5:7). It is used as a symbol of sovereignty (Ezek. 16:11). The breast-plate of the high-priest was fastened to the ephod by golden chains (Ex. 39:17, 21).(2.) It
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Chains
Chainschains, metal rings connected in series. Made of various metals both base and precious, they were used in ancient Israel for decorative purposes, as jewelry (e.g. Ezek. 16:11), for architectural ornamentation (1 Kings 7:17), and in assembling the priestly vestments (e.g., Exod. 28:14). Chains
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Bond
BOND — an obligation or restraint of any kind. In the Bible, the word is used literally, of the fetters and chains of prisoners (Judg. 15:14). In a figurative sense, it refers to the bonds of sin and wickedness (Is. 58:6), covenant obligation (Ezek. 20:37), and peace and love (Eph. 4:3).
Chains
CHAINS — a word with several different meanings in the Bible:1. An insignia of office. Pharaoh put a chain of gold around Joseph’s neck—a sign of royal favor (Gen. 41:42). Belshazzar did the same for Daniel (Dan. 5:7, 16, 29). Ezekiel used the word to symbolize God’s sovereign love for Jerusalem (Ezek.
Fetters
FETTERS - shackles or chains attached to the ankles of prisoners to restrain movement (Ps. 105:18). Fetters were usually made of iron or bronze.
Shackle
SHACKLE — a metal clamp that holds the ankle or wrist of a prisoner or captive. The demon-possessed man of Gadara, whom Jesus healed, had broken the shackles with which he was bound (Mark 5:4; Luke 8:29; fetters, KJV, chains and shackles, NRSV).
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