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Easton's Bible Dictionary
The frame on which dead bodies were conveyed to the grave (Luke 7:14).
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) A portable frame on which a coffin is taken to the grave.

2. (n.) A count of forty threads in the warp or chain of woolen cloth.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia


(1) Found in the Old Testament only in 2 Samuel 3:31, "and king David followed the bier"; and in the New Testament in Luke 7:14, "and he (Jesus) came nigh and touched the bier." The Hebrew word rendered "bier" (miTTah) and its Greek equivalent (soros) mean strictly "coffin." The so-called "bier" among the ancient Hebrews was simply an open coffin or a flat wooden frame, on which the body of the dead was carried from the house to the grave.

(2) Closed coffins, so universal now in the West, were unknown to common usage among the Hebrews of olden times, though not unknown to Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.

At the burial of Abner the people were commanded to "rend their clothes" and "gird themselves with sackcloth," and the king himself in token of his grief and royal regard, "followed the bier" in the procession to the grave (2 Samuel 3:31).

(3) Of Jesus, when He met the procession that went out of the gate of the city of Nain, bearing to the grave the only son of the widowed mother, Luke says, "When the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her. and he came nigh and touched the bier," and commanded the young man to arise, etc. We should recall that contact with a dead body was forbidden by the law as a source of defilement (Numbers 19:11 f); so Jesus here "came nigh" and "touched the bier" only in raising the young man, thus avoiding any criticism for infraction of the law. In John 11:35, as here, we have a miracle of Jesus which clearly pointed to a higher law-the eternal law of compassion which received its first full expression in the life of Jesus and forms one of the distinctive features of the gospel.

George B. Eager

4673. soros -- a cinerary urn, by anal. a coffin
... a coffin. Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: soros Phonetic Spelling:
(sor-os') Short Definition: a bier, an open coffin Definition: a bier, an ...
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2825. kline -- a small couch
... a small couch. Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: kline Phonetic Spelling:
(klee'-nay) Short Definition: a couch, bed, mat, bier Definition: a couch ...
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Strong's Hebrew
4296. mittah -- a couch, bed
... Word Origin from natah Definition a couch, bed NASB Word Usage bed (21), bedroom*
(2), beds (1), bier (1), couch (3), couches (1). bedchamber, bier. ...
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4904. mishkab -- place of lying, a couch, act of lying
... From shakab; a bed (figuratively, a bier); abstractly, sleep; by euphemism, carnal
intercourse -- bed((-chamber)), couch, lieth (lying) with. see HEBREW shakab. ...
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Jesus at the Bier
... LUKE Chaps. I to XII JESUS AT THE BIER. ... And He came and touched the bier: and they
that bare him stood still. And He said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture e/jesus at the bier.htm

By the Bier of a Friend.
... Of Death, the Last Day, and Eternal Life. BY THE BIER OF A FRIEND. On thy bier
how calm thou'rt sleeping Yet thou livest, oh our crown! ...
/.../gerhardt/paul gerhardts spiritual songs/by the bier of a.htm

Jesus Raises the Widow's Son.
... answers; but we get our best blessings when our afflictions cry unto him and his
compassion replies.] 14 And he came nigh and touched the bier: and the bearers ...
/.../mcgarvey/the four-fold gospel/xliv jesus raises the widows.htm

Imperial Tombs.
... mind, Suetonius thinks this was a vision or premonition of an approaching event,
because forty praetorian soldiers were really to carry the bier in the funeral ...
/.../lanciani/pagan and christian rome/chapter iv imperial tombs.htm

Of the Places of Burial.
... To those that entered into the sepulchral cave, and carried the bier, there was
first a floor, where they stood, and set down the bier, in order to their ...
/.../lightfoot/from the talmud and hebraica/chapter 100 of the places.htm

The Raising of the Young Man of Nain - the Meeting of Life and ...
... laid low. Outside, the funeral orator, if such was employed, preceded the bier,
proclaiming the good deeds of the dead. [2653] Immediately ...
/.../edersheim/the life and times of jesus the messiah/chapter xx the raising of.htm

The Centurion
... On an open bier carried in front is the body of the dead, and about it are
the mourners, filling the air with their wailing cries. ...
// desire of ages/chapter 32 the centurion.htm

Second Latin Form.
... Behold, said He, a palm branch"I have brought it to thee from the paradise of the
Lord"which thou wilt cause to be carried before thy bier, when on the ...
// passing of mary/second latin form.htm

In Death and after Death
... Secondly, we know that, as at Nain, the body was generally carried open on a bier,
or else in an open coffin, the bearers frequently changing to give an ...
/.../edersheim/sketches of jewish social life/chapter 10 in death and.htm

The Teaching of Simon Cephas in the City of Rome.
... Then Simon reluctantly drew near to the dead person; and they set down the bier
before him; and he looked to the right hand and to the left, and gazed up into ...
/.../unknown/the decretals/ancient syriac documents the teaching 3.htm

Bier (3 Occurrences)
... the grave. 2. (n.) A count of forty threads in the warp or chain of woolen
cloth. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. BIER. ber: (1) Found ...
/b/bier.htm - 9k

Burial (25 Occurrences)
... The corpse, dressed in such clothes as were worn in life, is stretched on a bier
with a cloth thrown over it, until carried forth for burial" (Eastern Customs ...
/b/burial.htm - 42k

Big (21 Occurrences)

/b/big.htm - 13k

Abner (54 Occurrences)
... "Know ye not," he addressed his servants, "that there is a prince and a great
man fallen this day in Israel?" He followed the bier in person. ...
/a/abner.htm - 30k

Youth (169 Occurrences)
... Of him they laid hold, (WEY). Luke 7:14 and coming up he touched the bier, and the
bearers stopped. And he said, Youth, I say to thee, Wake up. (DBY). ...
/y/youth.htm - 37k

Jo'ab (120 Occurrences)
... King David followed the bier. (See RSV). 2 Samuel 8:16 Joab the son of Zeruiah was
over the army; and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder; (See RSV). ...
/j/jo'ab.htm - 34k

Lament (44 Occurrences)
... Abner. King David followed the bier. (See NAS). 2 Samuel 3:33 The king lamented
for Abner, and said, "Should Abner die as a fool dies? ...
/l/lament.htm - 20k

Wake (34 Occurrences)
... Luke 7:14 Then He went close and touched the bier, and the bearers halted.
"Young man," He said, "I command you, wake!" (WEY DBY). ...
/w/wake.htm - 17k

Wail (50 Occurrences)
... gird you with sackcloth, and mourn before Abner. And king David followed the
bier. (See JPS). Psalms 137:3 For there they that carried ...
/w/wail.htm - 21k

Funeral (3 Occurrences)
... As a rule the burial (qv) took place on the very day of the death (Acts 5:6, 10),
and the body was removed to the grave in an open coffin or on a bier (Luke 7 ...
/f/funeral.htm - 10k

Bible Concordance
Bier (3 Occurrences)

Luke 7:14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.

2 Samuel 3:31 David said to Joab, and to all the people who were with him, Tear your clothes, and gird yourselves with sackcloth, and mourn before Abner. King David followed the bier.

2 Chronicles 16:14 They buried him in his own tombs, which he had dug out for himself in the city of David, and laid him in the bed which was filled with sweet odors and various kinds of spices prepared by the perfumers' art: and they made a very great burning for him.



Bier: (A Coffin)

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Burial (25 Occurrences)

Big (21 Occurrences)

Abner (54 Occurrences)

Youth (169 Occurrences)

Jo'ab (120 Occurrences)

Lament (44 Occurrences)

Wake (34 Occurrences)

Wail (50 Occurrences)

Funeral (3 Occurrences)

Rend (35 Occurrences)

Bare (250 Occurrences)

Bids (3 Occurrences)

Bear (425 Occurrences)

Bearing (150 Occurrences)

Sackcloth (47 Occurrences)

Stopped (134 Occurrences)

Nigh (243 Occurrences)

Gird (44 Occurrences)

Bore (221 Occurrences)

Mourning (85 Occurrences)

Close (186 Occurrences)

Command (442 Occurrences)

Mourn (87 Occurrences)

Tear (97 Occurrences)

Walked (178 Occurrences)

Joab (128 Occurrences)

Halted (9 Occurrences)

Halt (12 Occurrences)

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