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be-set' (euperistatos): The most common sense of this word is "to surround." This is the thought in Psalm 139:5, and teaches the omnipresence of God. Often wicked men find that the things which they have done so envelope them that they cannot escape ruin (Hosea 7:2). The reference in Hebrews 12:1 is first of all against the sin of apostasy against which repeated warning is given in this book. But the warning is also against any sin that is especially dangerous to us. It, again and again, surrounds us like a besieging army. To surrender would be traitorous and disgraceful, since the Captain of the Lord's host is with us.

Jacob W. Kapp

4029. perikeimai -- to lie around
... Word Origin from peri and keimai Definition to lie around NASB Word Usage beset
(1), hung (2), surrounding (1), wearing (1). enclose, encircle, wear. ...
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2139. euperistatos -- easily encircling
... histemi; well standing around, ie (a competitor) thwarting (a racer) in every direction
(figuratively, of sin in genitive case) -- which doth so easily beset. ...
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Strong's Hebrew
3803. kathar -- to surround
... root Definition to surround NASB Word Usage crowned (1), encircled (1), surround
(2), surrounded (1), wait (1). beset round, compass about, be crowne, suffer. ...
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5437. sabab -- to turn about, go around, surround
... and figuratively (as follows) -- bring, cast, fetch, lead, make, walk, X whirl,
X round about, be about on every side, apply, avoid, beset (about), besiege ...
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6696. tsuwr -- to confine, bind, besiege
... adversary, assault, beset, besiege, bind up, cast, distress, fashion, A
primitive root; to cramp, ie Confine (in many applications ...
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2314. chadar -- to surround, enclose
... enter a privy chamber. A primitive root; properly, to inclose (as a room), ie (by
analogy,) to beset (as in a siege) -- enter a privy chamber. 2313, 2314. ...
/hebrew/2314.htm - 6k


The Second virtue of the Manich├Žans Beset with the Former, and ...
... Chapter XIX."The Second Virtue of the Manich├Žans Beset with the Former, and with
New Absurdities; Virtue, Active and Passive, the Fashioner of Matter, and ...
/.../alexander/of the manichaeans/chapter xix the second virtue of.htm

Heralds of the Gospel
... satanic influence. Although sorely beset by Satan, Paul had the courage to
rebuke the one through whom the enemy was working. "Filled ...
/.../white/the acts of the apostles/lesson 17 heralds of the.htm

What the Christians Believe Regarding the Supreme Good and Evil ...
... spirit. So long, therefore, as we are beset by this weakness, this plague,
this disease, how shall we dare to say that we are safe? ...
/.../augustine/city of god/chapter 4 what the christians believe.htm

The Great High-Priest.
... temptation. We dare not say that mere man would certainly have yielded to the
sore trials that beset Jesus. ... offers. Special trials beset Him. ...
/.../chapter iv the great high-priest.htm

The Christian Convert Warned Of, and Animated against those ...
... required us "to strive to enter in at the strait gate," (Luke 13:23) thereby intimating,
not only that the passage is narrow, but that it is beset with enemies ...
/.../chapter xvi the christian convert.htm

... Now these temptations specially beset religious men"men who are, or fancy themselves,
superior to their fellow-men, more favoured by God, and with nobler ...
/.../kingsley/all saints day and other sermons/sermon vii temptation.htm

Predictions of Christ in Ps. xxii.
... Many calves have compassed me; fat bulls have beset me round. ... For many dogs have
surrounded me; the assembly of the wicked have beset me round. ...
/.../chapter xcviii predictions of christ in.htm

The Pharisees are the Bulls: the Roaring Lion is Herod or the ...
... "Then what is next said in the Psalm"For trouble is near, for there is none to help
me. Many calves have compassed me; fat bulls have beset me round. ...
/.../chapter ciii the pharisees are the.htm

January the First the Unknown Journey
... Concerning his yesterdays faith says, "Thou hast beset me behind." Concerning his
to-morrows faith says, "Thou hast beset me before." Concerning his to-day ...
/.../my daily meditation for the circling year/january the first the unknown.htm

September the Eighteenth the All-Round Defence
... SEPTEMBER The Eighteenth THE ALL-ROUND DEFENCE. "Thou hast beset me behind."
"Psalm 139:1-12. And ... complete. "Thou hast beset me ... ...
/.../september the eighteenth the all-round.htm

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (v.) To besiege on all sides.

2. (v. t.) To set or stud (anything) with ornaments or prominent objects.

3. (v. t.) To hem in; to waylay; to surround; to besiege; to blockade.

4. (v. t.) To set upon on all sides; to perplex; to harass; -- said of dangers, obstacles, etc.

5. (v. t.) To occupy; to employ; to use up.

Beset (16 Occurrences)
... 5. (vt) To occupy; to employ; to use up. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. BESET. ...
Jacob W. Kapp. Multi-Version Concordance Beset (16 Occurrences). ...
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Encompassed (34 Occurrences)
... 1 Wherefore, seeing we also are encompassed with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and ...
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Bestead (1 Occurrence)
... 1. (imp. & pp) of Bestead. 2. (vt) To put in a certain situation or condition;
to circumstance; to place. 3. (vt) To put in peril; to beset. ...
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Besiege (17 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary (vt) To beset or surround with armed forces, for the purpose
of compelling to surrender; to lay siege to; to beleaguer; to beset. ...
/b/besiege.htm - 12k

Compassed (52 Occurrences)
... Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and ...
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Obsession (1 Occurrence)
... 1. (n.) The act of besieging. 2. (n.) The state of being besieged; -- used specifically
of a person beset by a spirit from without. Multi-Version Concordance ...
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Lowest (28 Occurrences)
... and taken to themselves certain wicked men of the lowest rabble, and having got
a crowd together, set the city in confusion; and having beset the house of ...
/l/lowest.htm - 15k

Gib'e-ah (45 Occurrences)
... Judges 20:5 And the men of Gib'e-ah rose against me, and beset the house round about
me by night; they meant to kill me, and they ravished my concubine, and ...
/g/gib'e-ah.htm - 19k

Worry (14 Occurrences)
... 2. (vt) To harass or beset with importunity, or with care an anxiety; to vex;
to annoy; to torment; to tease; to fret; to trouble; to plague. ...
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Waylay (3 Occurrences)
... (vt) To lie in wait for; to meet or encounter in the way; especially, to watch for
the passing of, with a view to seize, rob, or slay; to beset in ambush. ...
/w/waylay.htm - 7k

Bible Concordance
Beset (16 Occurrences)

Mark 3:10 For he healed many, so that they beset him that they might touch him, as many as had plagues.

Luke 6:18 and those that were beset by unclean spirits were healed.

Acts 5:16 And the multitude also of the cities round about came together to Jerusalem, bringing sick persons and persons beset by unclean spirits, who were all healed.

Acts 17:5 But the Jews having been stirred up to jealousy, and taken to themselves certain wicked men of the lowest rabble, and having got a crowd together, set the city in confusion; and having beset the house of Jason sought to bring them out to the people;

Hebrews 5:2 and must be one who is able to bear patiently with the ignorant and erring, because he himself also is beset with infirmity.

Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Judges 19:22 Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him.

Judges 20:5 And the men of Gibeah rose against me, and beset the house round about upon me by night, and thought to have slain me: and my concubine have they forced, that she is dead.

Psalms 22:12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.

Psalms 31:21 Praise be to Yahweh, for he has shown me his marvelous loving kindness in a strong city.
(See RSV)

Psalms 41:8 "An evil disease," they say, "has afflicted him. Now that he lies he shall rise up no more."
(See NIV)

Psalms 55:5 Fearfulness and trembling have come on me. Horror has overwhelmed me.
(See NIV)

Psalms 109:3 They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause.
(See RSV)

Psalms 139:5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.

Hosea 7:2 And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness: now their own doings have beset them about; they are before my face.

Habakkuk 1:4 Therefore the law is slacked, and justice doth never go forth; for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore justice goeth forth perverted.
(See JPS)



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