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Easton's Bible Dictionary
The Hebrew word kebir, rendered "pillow" in 1 Samuel 19:13, 16, but in Revised Version marg. "quilt" or "network," probably means some counterpane or veil intended to protect the head of the sleeper. A different Hebrew word (meraashoth') is used for "bolster" (1 Samuel 26:7, 11, 16). It is rightly rendered in Revised Version "at his head." In Genesis 28:11, 18 the Authorized Version renders it "for his pillows," and the Revised Version "under his head." In Ezek. 13:18, 20 another Hebrew word (kesathoth) is used, properly denoting "cushions" or "pillows," as so rendered both in the Authorized and the Revised Version.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (v. t.) To support, hold up, or maintain with difficulty or unusual effort; -- often with up.

2. (n.) A pad, quilt, or anything used to hinder pressure, support any part of the body, or make a bandage sit easy upon a wounded part; a compress.

3. (n.) Anything arranged to act as a support, as in various forms of mechanism, etc.

4. (n.) A cushioned or a piece part of a saddle.

5. (n.) A cushioned or a piece of soft wood covered with tarred canvas, placed on the trestletrees and against the mast, for the collars of the shrouds to rest on, to prevent chafing.

6. (n.) Anything used to prevent chafing.

7. (n.) A plate of iron or a mass of wood under the end of a bridge girder, to keep the girder from resting directly on the abutment.

8. (n.) A transverse bar above the axle of a wagon, on which the bed or body rests.

9. (n.) The crossbeam forming the bearing piece of the body of a railway car; the central and principal cross beam of a car truck.

10. (n.) the perforated plate in a punching machine on which anything rests when being punched.

11. (n.) That part of a knife blade which abuts upon the end of the handle.

12. (n.) The metallic end of a pocketknife handle.

13. (n.) The rolls forming the ends or sides of the Ionic capital.

14. (n.) A block of wood on the carriage of a siege gun, upon which the breech of the gun rests when arranged for transportation.

15. (v. t.) To support with a bolster or pillow.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BOLSTER

bol'-ster: Found in the King James Version only in 1 Samuel 19:13, 16, "Behold, the teraphim was in the bed, with the pillow of goat's hair at the head thereof" (the King James Version "for his bolster"), and 1 Samuel 26:7, 11, 12, 16, "Saul lay sleeping. with his spear stuck in the ground at his head." "Bolster" in these passages in the King James Version was used to translate a Hebrew word whose true significance is "the place of the head," or "the head-place." It will be noted that it has disappeared from the Revised Version (British and American), which rightly has throughout "head," instead of "bolster."

See CUSHION.

Strong's Hebrew
7226. raashoth -- bolster
... raashoth. 7227 . bolster. Transliteration: raashoth Phonetic Spelling:
(rah-ash-oth') Short Definition: bolster. Word Origin the same as marashah, qv. ...
/hebrew/7226.htm - 5k

4763. meraashoth -- a place at the head, head place
... bolster, head, pillow. Formed like mar'ashah; properly, a headpiece, ie (plural
for adverbial) at (or as) the head-rest (or pillow) -- bolster, head, pillow. ...
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Library

Love and Remorse
... So David and Abishai came to the people by night: and, behold, Saul lay sleeping
within the trench, and his spear stuck in the ground at his bolster: but Abner ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture f/love and remorse.htm

The Enchanted Ground
... Abner taketh away the spear from the bolster of a slumbering Saul A sleeping
Eutychus falleth from the third loft, and is taken up dead. ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 2 1856/the enchanted ground.htm

Knowledge. Worship. Gratitude.
... till he becomes wise as Solomon, and then prostitutes it to base ends by using it
to aggrandize his wealth, to pamper his appetites, to bolster his unbelief ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 30 1884/knowledge worship gratitude.htm

Fearlessness.
... There are some who bolster their courage by saying ostentatiously, "I don't care
what folks say," but their very vehemence shows that they DO care a very great ...
/...//christianbookshelf.org/rees/the heart-cry of jesus/chapter vi fearlessness.htm

How Churches Can Help Ministers.
... And he on his part is expected to preach good, sound, comfortable doctrine, to bolster
them up, and make them feel comfortable, and so they expect to go to ...
/.../finney/lectures on revivals of religion/lecture xiii how churches can.htm

The Relation Between the Human Will and the Divine Agency.
... If this be a wise conclusion, it would be well to leave it to support itself, instead
of attempting to bolster it up with the reasons frequently given for it. ...
/.../chapter v the relation between.htm

Nor have I Undertaken that in the Present Discourse...
... This impious and nefarious dogma do thou likewise, I beseech thee, overthrow; to
bolster up which they in their argumentations do gather from the Scriptures ...
//christianbookshelf.org/augustine/against lying/section 25 nor have i.htm

The Condemnation which Condemns the Judges
... This prejudging of a case from hatred of the accused as a destroyer of sacred tradition,
and this hunting for evidence to bolster up a foregone conclusion, are ...
/.../expositions of holy scripture d/the condemnation which condemns the.htm

Where the Reproach of Failure Lies.
... God. It seeks by holding back some things, and speaking of others with very
carefully thought-out phrase, to bolster up God's side. ...
/.../gordon/quiet talks with world winners/where the reproach of failure.htm

Chapter xvi
... Secondly, it involved the employment of human devices seemingly to bolster up a
divine purpose which was in any case destined to be achieved as God had ...
//christianbookshelf.org/leupold/exposition of genesis volume 1/chapter xvi.htm

Thesaurus
Bolster (7 Occurrences)
... A different Hebrew word (meraashoth') is used for "bolster" (1 Samuel 26:7,
11, 16). ... 15. (vt) To support with a bolster or pillow. Int. ...
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Cruse (11 Occurrences)
... 11 The LORD forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the LORD's anointed:
but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the ...
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Bolt (5 Occurrences)

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Goats'
... same material. A strip of the cloth rolled up furnishes a bolster for the
head while sleeping (compare 1 Samuel 19:13, 16). Goats ...
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Gat (21 Occurrences)
... 1 Samuel 26:12 So David took the spear and the cruse of water from Saul's bolster;
and they gat them away, and no man saw it, nor knew it, neither awaked: for ...
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Trench (8 Occurrences)
... So David and Abishai came to the people by night: and, behold, Saul lay sleeping
within the trench, and his spear stuck in the ground at his bolster: but Abner ...
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Reach (63 Occurrences)
... (n.) An artifice to obtain an advantage. 22. (n.) The pole or rod which connects
the hind axle with the forward bolster of a wagon. Multi-Version Concordance ...
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Drinketh (33 Occurrences)
... 1 Kings 19:6 and he looketh attentively, and lo, at his bolster a cake 'baken on'
burning stones, and a dish of water, and he eateth, and drinketh, and turneth ...
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Bolled (1 Occurrence)

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Attentively (35 Occurrences)
... 1 Kings 19:6 and he looketh attentively, and lo, at his bolster a cake 'baken on'
burning stones, and a dish of water, and he eateth, and drinketh, and turneth ...
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Concordance
Bolster (7 Occurrences)

1 Samuel 19:13
And Michal took an image, and laid it in the bed, and put a pillow of goats' hair for his bolster, and covered it with a cloth.
(KJV WBS)

1 Samuel 19:16
And when the messengers were come in, behold, there was an image in the bed, with a pillow of goats' hair for his bolster.
(KJV WBS)

1 Samuel 26:7
So David and Abishai came to the people by night: and, behold, Saul lay sleeping within the trench, and his spear stuck in the ground at his bolster: but Abner and the people lay round about him.
(KJV WBS)

1 Samuel 26:11
The LORD forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the LORD's anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear that is at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go.
(KJV WBS)

1 Samuel 26:12
So David took the spear and the cruse of water from Saul's bolster; and they gat them away, and no man saw it, nor knew it, neither awaked: for they were all asleep; because a deep sleep from the LORD was fallen upon them.
(KJV WBS)

1 Samuel 26:16
This thing is not good that thou hast done. As the LORD liveth, ye are worthy to die, because ye have not kept your master, the LORD's anointed. And now see where the king's spear is, and the cruse of water that was at his bolster.
(KJV WBS YLT)

1 Kings 19:6
and he looketh attentively, and lo, at his bolster a cake 'baken on' burning stones, and a dish of water, and he eateth, and drinketh, and turneth, and lieth down.
(YLT)

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Cruse (11 Occurrences)

Bolt (5 Occurrences)

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Trench (8 Occurrences)

Reach (63 Occurrences)

Drinketh (33 Occurrences)

Bolled (1 Occurrence)

Attentively (35 Occurrences)

Abishai (25 Occurrences)

Awaked (9 Occurrences)

Head (4291 Occurrences)

Hair (135 Occurrences)

Watched (50 Occurrences)

Urim (8 Occurrences)

Thummim (6 Occurrences)

Stretch (73 Occurrences)

Dish (54 Occurrences)

Eateth (81 Occurrences)

Image (126 Occurrences)

Lieth (135 Occurrences)

Pillow (8 Occurrences)

Poetry

Hebrew (37 Occurrences)

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