The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Hedge[Heb mesûḵâ (Isa. 5:5; Mic. 7:4, “thorn hedge”; cf. Prov. 15:19), geḏērâ (Jer 49:3), vbs sāḵaḵ (Job 3:23), śûḵ (Job 1:10; Hos. 2:6); Gk. phragmós (Mt. 21:33; Mk. 12:1; Lk. 14:23)]; NEB also FENCE (Isa. 5:5), BRIARS (Mic. 7:4), GASHES (Jer 49:3), BLOCK (vb.) (Hos. 2:6), WALL (Mt.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
hedge, a barrier or boundary, sometimes composed of live plants such as thorny bush (Mic. 7:4; Hos. 2:6) and used to protect vineyards (Isa. 5:5; cf. Mark 12:1; Matt. 21:33). A hedge can also symbolize God’s protection (Job 1:10; nrsv: “fence”) or divine restriction (Job 3:23; nrsv: “fence”).
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
HEDGE. In the NT, a fence of any kind (Mk 12:1; Lk 14:23. The OT uses two Heb. roots, one signifying a stone wall (gdr, Ps 80:12; 89:40; Eccl 10:8; Nah 3:17); the other, a thorn hedge (śûk, Prov 15:19; Hos 2:6). Hedges were planted to protect vineyards (Isa 5:5). The verb “hedge in,” “hedge about”
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Hedge. The Hebrew words thus rendered denote simply that which surrounds or encloses, whether it be a stone wall, geder, Prov. 24:31; Ezek. 42:10, or a fence of other materials. The stone walls which surround the sheepfolds of modern Palestine are frequently crowned with sharp thorns.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Hedgehedge, a barrier or boundary, sometimes of live plants such as thorny bush (Mic. 7:4; Hos. 2:6), used to protect vineyards (Mark 12:1; Matt. 21:33) or to mark off roads and fields (Luke 14:23). It symbolizes God’s protection (Job 1:10) or his restriction (Job 3:23).
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
HEDGE — a thorn hedge (Is. 5:5), a stone wall (Ps. 80:12), or a fence or partition of any kind (Mark 12:1). Hedges helped protect vineyards from thieves and predators. They consisted of loose stones or thorny branches or bushes.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
HEDGE<hej>:1. [מְסוּכָה‎, mecukhah], “a thorn hedge,” only in Mic 7:4.; [מְשֻׂכָּה‎, mesukkah], “a hedge” (Isa 5:5); [מְשֻׂכַת חָדֶק‎, mesukhath chadheq], “a hedge of thorns” (Prov 15:19).2. [גָדֵר‎, gadher], and [גְּדֵרָה‎, geherah], translated “hedges” in the Revised Version (British
Compton’s Encyclopedia
hedgeFences formed by living shrubs or trees are known as hedges. Some are planted as windbreaks not only for flower gardens but also for crop-planted fields. Others are used as enclosures to provide privacy, and some serve exclusively as ornamentals.Hedges of myrtle, laurel, and boxwood were cultivated
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
HEDGE.—This word belongs to the vocabulary of the parables of Jesus. It occurs in that of the Vineyard (Mt 21:33, Mk 12:1), and in that of the Great Supper (Lk 14:23).
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
HEDGE Boundary formed by a dense row of usually thorny shrubs. In ancient Palestine hedges served to protect vineyards from damage by animals or intruders (Ps. 80:12–13; Isa. 5:5). To put a hedge around someone means to protect (Job 1:10). “To hedge in” means to hem in or obstruct (Job 3:23; Lam. 3:7;
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
hedge. This noun is used by the NIV twice, in both cases with reference to thorn shrubs (Heb. mĕśûkkâ H5372, Isa. 5:5; mĕsûkâ H5004, Mic. 7:4). Verbal expressions are used figuratively to refer to God’s protecting care (Job 1:10) or his constraint (3:23). The KJV uses the noun also to render Hebrew
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
HEDGE, hej:(1) מְסוּכָהmeṣūkhāh, “a thorn hedge,” only in Mic 7:4; מְשֻׂכָּה‎, mesukkāh, “a hedge” (Isa 5:5); מְשֻׂכַת חָ֑דֶק‎, me sukhath ḥādheḳ, “a hedge of thorns” (Prov 15:19).(2) גָדֵר‎, gādhēr, and גְּדֵרָה‎, gedhērāh, trd “hedges” in RV only in Ps 89:40, elsewhere “fence.” Gederah (q.v.)
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