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Fence

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fens ( בּצר , bācar , מבצר , mibhcār ): Commonly used in the King James Version in the description of fortified places, as the translation of bācar , "to cut off," "to separate," "to fortify" (and forms) (Deuteronomy 3:5; Deuteronomy 9:1; Deuteronomy 28:52 , etc.); mibhcar , "fenced city," is a fortified place (Numbers 32:17 , Numbers 32:36; Joshua 10:20; Joshua 19:35 , etc.); mācōr , "fenced cities," means "bulwark," "citadel" (2 Chronicles 8:5 ); mecūrāh , "fortification" (2 Chronicles 11:23; 2 Chronicles 12:4; 2 Chronicles 14:6; 2 Chronicles 21:3 ); for "fenced" the American Standard Revised Version substitutes "fortified" in all these instances; in Daniel 11:15 , mibhcar is "a well-fortified city," margin "the fortified cities," the English Revised Version "well-fenced"; "fence" is also the translation of gādhēr , "a wall" or "fence" (Job 19:8 the American Standard Revised Version, "walled up" ( gādhar ); Psalm 62:3 ); ‛āzaḳ , "to loosen" (the ground) as with a mattock (Isaiah 5:2 , where the King James Version has "fenced" it (the vineyard), the American Standard Revised Version "digged it," the English Revised Version "made a trench about it," it" margin "digged it" sūkh , "to interweave" or "interlace" (Job 10:11 , the Revised Version (British and American) "clothed"); mālē' , "to be or become full" (2 Samuel 23:7 , the Revised Version (British and American) "armed," margin "Hebrew filled").

ERV has "fence" for "wall" (Numbers 22:24; Isaiah 5:5; Hosea 2:6; the American Standard Revised Version retains "wall"), for "hedge" (Ecclesiastes 10:8; Ezekiel 13:5; Ezekiel 22:30; the American Standard Revised Version "wall"); "fenced" for "walled" (Numbers 13:28; Deuteronomy 1:28; the American Standard Revised Version "fortified"); compare for "strong" Joshua 19:29; Nehemiah 9:25; Psalm 108:10 (margin Joshua 19:29 , "the city of Mibzar-zor, that is, the fortress of Tyre," the English Revised Version ,"fenced"), for "hedged" (Lamentations 3:7 , American Revised Version, "walled"); compare for "defenced," the English Revised Version "fenced," the American Standard Revised Version "fortified" (Isaiah 36:1; Isaiah 37:26 , etc.); "fences" for "hedges" (Psalm 80:12 , the American Standard Revised Version "walls"); in Jeremiah 49:3 , the English Revised Version and the American Standard Revised Version have "fences." See also HEDGE .

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Fence'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/f/fence.html. 1915.

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