Any person protecting or keeping watch over something or someone.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Guard (vb.) [Heb. šāmar (Gen. 3:24; Ex. 23:20; 1 S. 2:9; etc.), nāṣar (Prov. 2:11; 4:6, 13; 5:2; etc.), šāqaḏ (Ezr. 8:29); Gk. phylássō, diaphylássō (Lk. 4:10), phrouréō (2 Cor. 11:32; 1 Pet. 1:5), tēréō (Acts 12:6)]; AV also KEEP, “keep the watch,” WATCH (Ezr. 8:29), “keep the ward,” (Neh.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Guard, Bodyguard
guard, bodyguard, a person or persons assigned to the protection of a individual, place, or thing. Cherubim guard the entrance to the garden of Eden to prevent human access to the tree of life (Gen. 3:24). Various royal figures are depicted as having guards (Gen. 37:36; Dan. 2:14; 2 Kings 25:8–21). David
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
GUARD. A man or group of men who protected and important person or special object.1. Heb. mɩ̄shma‘at, “bodyguard,” i.e., a group bound to another person by obedience. David was a bodyguard’s captain under Saul (1 Sam 22:14, RSV); Benaiah, the group’s captain under David (2 Sam 23:23).2. Heb rāṣɩ̂m
Traditional site of the prison in which Paul was kept at Philippi. HFVJAILOR. A guard of a prison or jail (Gr. desmophylax). It is used once in the NT in (Acts 16:23) of the keeper of the jail in Philippi. The jailer was impressed by the songs of Paul and Silas as they ached from their beating in
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
GUARD. In the OT the word translates four Heb. terms. 1. ṭabbāḥ. The word originally signified royal ‘slaughterers’ (BDB), but later came to mean guardsmen or bodyguard, being used of Pharaoh’s bodyguard (Gn. 37:36; 39:1) and of Nebuchadrezzar’s bodyguard (2 Ki. 25:8–10). (In Israel Aegean mercenaries
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
GuardAs a verb (Heb. šāmar), “to watch over” or “pay careful attention to”; most frequently “to keep (safe), guard, preserve,” “to watch out for (oneself).” Thus, Adam is charged with guarding the garden of Eden (Gen. 2:15; NRSV “keep”) in light of the possible intrusion of evil, and God guards against
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Guard (Heb. šāmar, nāṣar; Gk. tēréō, phylássō).As a verb the term means to watch over and protect, to have charge of, or to keep. The ordinary use speaks of guarding prisoners (Josh. 10:18; Acts 12:4), a palace (2 Kgs. 11:5), or a gate (Neh. 13:22). It may indicate guarding against something:
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
GUARD.1. Heb. word for a “cook” (ṭabbāḥ); as butchering fell to the lot of the cook in Eastern countries it gained the secondary sense of “executioner” and is applied to the guard of the king of Babylon (2 Kings 25:8); also rendered “bodyguard” (Gen. 37:36; Jer. 39:9; 41:10; Dan. 2:14).2. Heb. word
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Guard(1.) Heb. tabbah (properly a “cook,” and in a secondary sense “executioner,” because this office fell to the lot of the cook in Eastern countries), the bodyguard of the kings of Egypt (Gen. 37:36) and Babylon (2 Kings 25:8; Jer. 40:1; Dan. 2:14).(2.) Heb. rats, properly a “courier,” one whose
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Guard, Bodyguard
Guard, Bodyguardguard, bodyguard, a person or persons assigned to the protection of an important person or group of persons. Both ot and nt give evidence of persons who functioned in these capacities. In the ot various royal figures are depicted as having guards (Gen. 37:36; Dan. 2:14; 2 Kings 25:8–21).
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
GuardThe imagery of the guard was important in the ancient world, and the Bible reflects this with well over 150 (NIV, 180) references to guard(s). Guards served to protect rulers, their possessions and their edicts. They were employed throughout the ancient Near East by Egyptian pharaohs (Gen 37:6),
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
GUARD<gard>:1. [שַׂר הַטַּבָּחִים‎, sar ha-Tabbachim], “captain of the guard,” literally, “slaughterers” (Gen 37:36; 39:1; 40:3, 1; 41:10, 12); [רַב־טַבָּחִים‎, rabh Tabbachim] (2 Ki 25:8, 11, 20; Jer 39:9, etc.); [רַב טַבָּחַיָּה‎, rabh tabbachayyah] (Dan 2:14); [רָצִים‎, ratsim],
WARD<woÆrd> “Ward” and “guard” are two different spellings of the same word, and in consequence no clear line can be drawn between them. EV, however, has used “guard” only in the sense of “a special body of soldiers” (Genesis 37:36, etc), while “ward” is used, not only in this sense (Jeremiah
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
GUARD.—1. RV rendering of κουστωδία (Lat. custodia), Mt 27:65, 66, 28:11, AV ‘watch’; obtained by the chief priests and Pharisees from Pilate to guard the sepulchre. The need of Pilate’s authorization and the risk of punishment from him (Mt 28:14) show that this guard must have consisted, not of the