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See BED.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
(Genesis 49:4; 1 Chronicles 5:1; Job 7:13; Psalm 6:6, etc.), a seat for repose or rest. (see BED.)
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (v. t.) To lay upon a bed or other resting place.

2. (v. t.) To arrange or dispose as in a bed; -- sometimes followed by the reflexive pronoun.

3. (v. t.) To lay or deposit in a bed or layer; to bed.

4. (v. t.) To transfer (as sheets of partly dried pulp) from the wire cloth mold to a felt blanket, for further drying.

5. (v. t.) To conceal; to include or involve darkly.

6. (v. t.) To arrange; to place; to inlay.

7. (v. t.) To put into some form of language; to express; to phrase; -- used with in and under.

8. (v. t.) To treat by pushing down or displacing the opaque lens with a needle; as, to couch a cataract.

9. (v. i.) To lie down or recline, as on a bed or other place of rest; to repose; to lie.

10. (v. i.) To lie down for concealment; to hide; to be concealed; to be included or involved darkly.

11. (v. i.) To bend the body, as in reverence, pain, labor, etc.; to stoop; to crouch.

12. (n.) A bed or place for repose or sleep; particularly, in the United States, a lounge.

13. (v. t.) Any place for repose, as the lair of a beast, etc.

14. (n.) A mass of steeped barley spread upon a floor to germinate, in malting; or the floor occupied by the barley; as, couch of malt.

15. (n.) A preliminary layer, as of color, size, etc.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

kouch (substantive.).

See BED.

Couch (verb): rabhats, "to crouch," "lurk," as a beast in readiness to spring on its prey. "If thou doest not well, sin coucheth at the door" (Genesis 4:7, the King James Version "lieth"), waiting for it to open. Cain is warned to beware of the first temptations to evil, in his case especially a sullen and jealous disposition (compare Dante, Inferno, I, 30). See ABEL; CAIN. The tribe of Judah is compared for its bravery to a recumbent lion or lioness (Genesis 49:9; compare Numbers 24:9 f); and Issachar to "a strong ass, couching down between the sheepfolds" (Genesis 49:14, the King James Version "between two burdens"; compare Judges 5:16). "The deep that coucheth beneath" (Deuteronomy 33:13), probably the springs of water, or possibly, as Driver suggests, "the subterranean deep, pictured as a gigantic monster."


M. O. Evans

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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2826. klinidion -- a small couch
... a small couch. Part of Speech: Noun, Neuter Transliteration: klinidion Phonetic
Spelling: (klin-id'-ee-on) Short Definition: a couch or litter Definition: a ...
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2825b. kline -- a couch
... kline. 2826 . a couch. Transliteration: kline Short Definition: bed. Word Origin
from klino Definition a couch NASB Word Usage bed (8). 2825a, 2825b. ...
// - 5k

2825a. klinarion -- a small couch
... klinarion. 2825b . a small couch. Transliteration: klinarion Short Definition:
cots. Word Origin dim. of kline Definition a small couch NASB Word Usage cots ( ...
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2828. klisia -- a place for reclining
... a place for reclining. Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: klisia Phonetic
Spelling: (klee-see'-ah) Short Definition: a dining couch, group of ...
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4746. stoibas -- branch.
... From a primary steibo (to "step" or "stamp"); a spread (as if tramped flat) of loose
materials for a couch, ie (by implication) a bough of a tree so employed ...
// - 5k

2845. koite -- a bed
... bed, chambering, cohabitation. From keimai; a couch; by extension, cohabitation;
by implication, the male sperm -- bed, chambering, X conceive. see GREEK keimai ...
// - 6k

4766. stronnuo -- to spread
... used only as an alternate in certain tenses) (probably akin to stereos through the
idea of positing); to "strew," ie Spread (as a carpet or couch) -- make bed ...
// - 6k

Strong's Hebrew
6210. eres -- a couch, divan
... 6209, 6210. eres. 6211 . a couch, divan. Transliteration: eres Phonetic
Spelling: (eh'res) Short Definition: couch. Word Origin ...
/hebrew/6210.htm - 6k

4904. mishkab -- place of lying, a couch, act of lying
... place of lying, a couch, act of lying. Transliteration: mishkab Phonetic Spelling:
(mish-kawb') Short Definition: bed. ... bedchamber, couch, lying with. ...
/hebrew/4904.htm - 6k

4296. mittah -- a couch, bed
... 4295, 4296. mittah. 4297 . a couch, bed. Transliteration: mittah Phonetic
Spelling: (mit-taw') Short Definition: bed. Word Origin ...
/hebrew/4296.htm - 6k

3326. yatsua -- a couch, bed
... 3325, 3326. yatsua. 3327 . a couch, bed. Transliteration: yatsua Phonetic Spelling:
(yaw-tsoo'-ah) Short Definition: bed. Word Origin pass. part. ...
/hebrew/3326.htm - 6k

4702. matstsa -- couch, bed
... couch, bed. Transliteration: matstsa Phonetic Spelling: (mats-tsaw') Short Definition:
bed. Word Origin from yatsa Definition couch, bed NASB Word Usage bed (1) ...
/hebrew/4702.htm - 6k

4903. mishkab -- couch, bed
... 4902, 4903. mishkab. 4904 . couch, bed. Transliteration: mishkab Phonetic
Spelling: (mish-kab') Short Definition: bed. Word Origin ...
/hebrew/4903.htm - 6k

3766. kara -- to bow down
... bow down, self, bring down low, cast down, couch, fall, feeble, kneeling,.
A primitive root; to bend the knee; by implication, to ...
/hebrew/3766.htm - 6k

7817. shachach -- to bow, be bowed down, crouch
... A primitive root; to sink or depress (reflexive or causative) -- bend, bow (down),
bring (cast) down, couch, humble self, be (bring) low, stoop. 7816, 7817. ...
/hebrew/7817.htm - 6k

7258. rebets -- (place of) lying down, resting place, dwelling ...
... where each lay, lie down in, resting place. From rabats; a couch or place of repose --
where each lay, lie down in, resting place. see HEBREW rabats. ...
/hebrew/7258.htm - 6k


He Made the Pillars Thereof of Silver, the Couch of Gold, the ...
... 10. He made the pillars thereof of silver, the couch of gold, the ascent thereto
of purple; and the midst thereof he strewed with love for the daughters of ...
/.../guyon/song of songs of solomon/10 he made the pillars.htm

St. Ambrose, Speaking of Tears, Explains David's Saying, "Every ...
... Book III. Chapter V. St. Ambrose, speaking of tears, explains David's saying,
"Every night wash l my couch with? St. Ambrose, speaking ...
/.../ambrose/works and letters of st ambrose/chapter v st ambrose speaking.htm

While the King was Reclining Upon his Couch, My Spikenard Sent ...
... COMMENTARY. CHAPTER I. 11. While the King was reclining upon his couch,
my spikenard sent forth the smell thereof. The Spouse is ...
/.../ of songs of solomon/11 while the king was.htm

Second Latin Form.
... of her burial, and that palm of light which she had received from the angel,
instructing him that he should cause it to be carried before her couch when she ...
// passing of mary/second latin form.htm

After These Things Joseph Departed Thence with Mary and Jesus to ...
... Joseph, exceedingly rich. But he had wasted away under his infirmity,
and died, and was lying dead in his couch. And when Jesus ...
/.../unknown/the gospel of pseudo-matthew/chapter 40 after these things.htm

Whether the Sacraments are the Cause of Grace?
... whereby it is moved by the principal agent: so that the effect is not likened to
the instrument but to the principal agent: for instance, the couch is not like ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether the sacraments are the.htm

The Bed and Its Covering
... and clothing for his soul;and then, afterward, we shall briefly attempt to show
how God has accomplished this, and has given to the believer a couch upon which ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 5 1859/the bed and its covering.htm

Christ Heals a Paralytic at Capernaum, and the Pharisees Accuse ...
... palsy. Four men carried the couch on which the sick man lay; but the throng
was so great that they could not make their way through. ...
/.../section 168 christ heals a.htm

The Sleeper.
... Never did sun sink so gently in its crimson couch"never did child, nestling
in its mother's bosom, close its eyes more sweetly! ...
// of bethany/vi the sleeper.htm

Meanwhile Cardinal Bonpre had once More Reached his Own Apartments ...
... Sovrani suddenly clutched him by the arm, and drew him close to the couch
where he had just laid the body of his daughter down. ...
/.../corelli/the master-christian/xxx meanwhile cardinal bonpre had.htm

Couch (55 Occurrences)
... 8. (vt) To treat by pushing down or displacing the opaque lens with a needle; as,
to couch a cataract. ... Standard Bible Encyclopedia. COUCH. kouch (substantive.). ...
/c/couch.htm - 25k

Bedstead (1 Occurrence)
... Used in Deuteronomy 3:11, but elsewhere rendered "couch," "bed." In 2 Kings 1:4;
16:2; Psalm 132:3; Amos 3:12, the divan is meant by this word. ...
/b/bedstead.htm - 18k

Bedchamber (6 Occurrences)
... Because thou wentest up to thy father's bed; then defiledst thou it"); `eres (Proverbs
7:16, the "strange woman" says: "I have spread my couch with carpets of ...
/b/bedchamber.htm - 20k

... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (n.) A couch for reclining at meals, extending
round three sides of a table, and usually in three parts. ...
/t/triclinium.htm - 8k

Walking (189 Occurrences)
... wasted bodies. (BBE). John 5:8 Jesus saith to him, 'Rise, take up thy couch,
and be walking;' (YLT). John 5:9 and immediately the ...
/w/walking.htm - 37k

Silk (4 Occurrences)
... AV, "in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus in a couch;" RV, "in the corner of
a couch, and on the silken cushions of a bed" (marg., "in Damascus on a bed"). ...
/s/silk.htm - 12k

Tower (74 Occurrences)
... by 108 ft.). In these western chambers stood the couch of the god, and the golden
throne mentioned by Herodotus, with other objects of great value. ...
/t/tower.htm - 52k

Lamp-stand (17 Occurrences)
... house. (DBY YLT). Mark 4:21 And he said to them, Does the lamp come that
it should be put under the bushel or under the couch? Is ...
/l/lamp-stand.htm - 11k

Recline (14 Occurrences)
... 2. (vi) To lean or incline; as, to recline against a wall. 3. (vi) To assume,
or to be in, a recumbent position; as, to recline on a couch. ...
/r/recline.htm - 10k

Paralysed (5 Occurrences)
... Paralysed (5 Occurrences). Luke 5:18 And lo, men bringing upon a couch a man who
was paralysed; and they sought to bring him in, and put him before him. (DBY). ...
/p/paralysed.htm - 7k

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Couch: Dictionary and Thesaurus |

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Couch (55 Occurrences)

Matthew 9:2
and lo, they were bringing to him a paralytic, laid upon a couch, and Jesus having seen their faith, said to the paralytic, 'Be of good courage, child, thy sins have been forgiven thee.'

Matthew 9:6
But, that ye may know that the Son of Man hath power upon the earth to forgive sins -- (then saith he to the paralytic) -- having risen, take up thy couch, and go to thy house.'

Mark 2:4
and, not being able to get near to him on account of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where he was, and having dug it up they let down the couch on which the paralytic lay.

Mark 2:9
Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, Thy sins are forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy couch and walk?

Mark 2:11
To thee I say, Arise, take up thy couch and go to thine house.

Mark 2:12
And he rose up straightway, and, having taken up his couch, went out before them all, so that all were amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it thus.

Mark 4:21
And he said to them, Does the lamp come that it should be put under the bushel or under the couch? Is it not that it should be set upon the lamp-stand?

Mark 7:30
and having come away to her house, she found the demon gone forth, and the daughter laid upon the couch.

Luke 5:18
And lo, men bringing upon a couch a man who was paralysed; and they sought to bring him in, and put him before him.

Luke 5:19
And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus.

Luke 5:24
But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.

Luke 8:16
"When any one lights a lamp, he does not cover it with a vessel or hide it under a couch; he puts it on a lampstand, that people who enter the room may see the light.

Luke 14:8
When thou mayest be called by any one to marriage-feasts, thou mayest not recline on the first couch, lest a more honourable than thou may have been called by him,

Luke 17:34
I say to you, In that night, there shall be two men on one couch, the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left;

John 5:8
Jesus says to him, Arise, take up thy couch and walk.

John 5:9
And immediately the man became well, and took up his couch and walked: and on that day was sabbath.

John 5:10
The Jews therefore said to the healed man, It is sabbath, it is not permitted thee to take up thy couch.

John 5:11
He answered them, He that made me well, he said to me, Take up thy couch and walk.

John 5:12
They asked him therefore, Who is the man who said to thee, Take up thy couch and walk?

Acts 9:33
And he found there a certain man, Aeneas by name, who had been lying for eight years upon a couch, who was paralysed.

Acts 9:34
And Peter said to him, Aeneas, Jesus, the Christ, heals thee: rise up, and make thy couch for thyself. And straightway he rose up.

Revelation 2:22
lo, I will cast her into a couch, and those committing adultery with her into great tribulation -- if they may not repent of their works,

Genesis 49:4
Boiling over as water, you shall not excel; because you went up to your father's bed, then defiled it. He went up to my couch.

Exodus 8:3
and the River hath teemed 'with' frogs, and they have gone up and gone into thy house, and into the inner-chamber of thy bed, and on thy couch, and into the house of thy servants, and among thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneading-troughs;

1 Samuel 28:23
But he refused, and said, I will not eat. But his servants, together with the woman, constrained him; and he listened to their voice. So he arose from the earth, and sat on the bed.
(See NIV)

2 Samuel 11:2
And it came to pass at evening time that David arose from off his couch, and walked upon the roof of the king's house; and from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful;

2 Samuel 11:13
And David invited him, and he ate and drank before him; and he made him drunk. And in the evening he went out to lie on his couch with the servants of his lord, but did not go down to his house.

2 Samuel 13:5
And Jonadab saith to him, 'Lie down on thy couch, and feign thyself sick, and thy father hath come in to see thee, and thou hast said unto him, 'Let, I pray thee, Tamar my sister come in and give me bread to eat; and she hath made the food before mine eyes so that I see 'it', and have eaten from her hand.'

2 Samuel 17:28
couch, and basin, and earthen vessel, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and roasted 'corn', and beans, and lentiles, and roasted 'pulse',

1 Kings 6:5
And he buildeth against the wall of the house a couch round about, 'even' the walls of the house round about, of the temple and of the oracle, and maketh sides round about.

1 Kings 6:6
The lowest couch, five by the cubit 'is' its breadth; and the middle, six by the cubit 'is' its breadth; and the third, seven by the cubit 'is' its breadth, for withdrawings he hath put to the house round about, without -- not to lay hold on the walls of the house.

1 Kings 6:10
And he buildeth the couch against all the house, five cubits 'is' its height, and it taketh hold of the house by cedar-wood.

2 Kings 4:32
When Elisha had come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid on his bed.
(See NIV)

1 Chronicles 5:1
The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel (for he was the firstborn; but, because he defiled his father's couch, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph the son of Israel; and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright.

Esther 7:8
Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of the banquet of wine; and Haman had fallen on the couch where Esther was. Then the king said, "Will he even assault the queen in front of me in the house?" As the word went out of the king's mouth, they covered Haman's face.

Job 7:13
When I say,'My bed shall comfort me. My couch shall ease my complaint;'

Job 17:13
If I look for Sheol as my house, if I have spread my couch in the darkness,

Job 38:40
When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait?

Psalms 6:6
I am weary with my groaning. Every night I flood my bed. I drench my couch with my tears.

Psalms 41:3
Jehovah will support him upon the couch of languishing: Thou makest all his bed in his sickness.

Psalms 63:6
When I remember thee upon my bed, And meditate on thee in the night-watches.

Psalms 104:22
The sun ariseth, they get them away, And lay them down in their dens.
(See JPS)

Psalms 132:3
I will not come into the tent of my house, I will not go up to the couch of my bed;

Psalms 139:3
My path and my couch Thou hast fanned, And 'with' all my ways hast been acquainted.

Psalms 139:8
If I ascend the heavens -- there Thou 'art', And spread out a couch in Sheol, lo, Thee!

Proverbs 7:16
I have spread my couch with carpets of tapestry, with striped cloths of the yarn of Egypt.

Proverbs 7:17
I have perfumed my couch with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

Song of Songs 1:12
While the king is seated at his table, my spices send out their perfume.
(See RSV)

Song of Songs 1:16
Behold, you are beautiful, my beloved, yes, pleasant; and our couch is verdant.

Song of Songs 3:1
On my couch by night, I sought him whom my soul hath loved; I sought him, and I found him not!

Song of Songs 3:7
Behold his couch, Solomon's own: Threescore mighty men are about it, Of the mighty of Israel.

Isaiah 57:7
On a mountain, high and exalted, Thou hast set thy couch, Also thither thou hast gone up to make a sacrifice.

Isaiah 57:8
And behind the door, and the post, Thou hast set up thy memorial, For from Me thou hast removed, and goest up, Thou hast enlarged thy couch, And dost covenant for thyself among them, Thou hast loved their couch, the station thou sawest,

Ezekiel 23:41
And thou hast sat on a couch of honour, And a table arrayed before it, And My perfume and My oil placed on it.

Amos 3:12
Thus says Yahweh: "As the shepherd rescues out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear, so shall the children of Israel be rescued who sit in Samaria on the corner of a couch, and on the silken cushions of a bed."



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Bedstead (1 Occurrence)

Bedchamber (6 Occurrences)


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Silk (4 Occurrences)

Tower (74 Occurrences)

Lamp-stand (17 Occurrences)

Recline (14 Occurrences)

Paralysed (5 Occurrences)

Polluted (80 Occurrences)

Bringing (288 Occurrences)

Struck (373 Occurrences)

Ease (46 Occurrences)

Buildeth (73 Occurrences)

Bed (142 Occurrences)

Cotton (3 Occurrences)

Account (460 Occurrences)

Defiled (119 Occurrences)

Meal-time (1 Occurrence)

Mealtime (1 Occurrence)

Meals (8 Occurrences)

Goest (79 Occurrences)

Garden (68 Occurrences)

Station (78 Occurrences)

Verdant (1 Occurrence)

Nether-world (41 Occurrences)

Unstable (8 Occurrences)

Ornamental (4 Occurrences)

Leafy (22 Occurrences)

Lighting (9 Occurrences)

Lion's (14 Occurrences)

Lovely (19 Occurrences)

Lair (8 Occurrences)

Lights (71 Occurrences)

Lentiles (4 Occurrences)

Glorify (49 Occurrences)

Groaning (27 Occurrences)

Genealogical (26 Occurrences)

Glorifying (21 Occurrences)

Walketh (62 Occurrences)

Wentest (16 Occurrences)

Wearied (36 Occurrences)

Intensely (9 Occurrences)

Ish-bosheth (14 Occurrences)

Inner-chamber (2 Occurrences)

Impetuous (4 Occurrences)

Ishbosheth (13 Occurrences)

Fanned (2 Occurrences)

Teemed (4 Occurrences)

Teem (4 Occurrences)

Tiling (1 Occurrence)

Tapestry (3 Occurrences)

Rest (831 Occurrences)

Rescues (10 Occurrences)

Rights (35 Occurrences)

Repose (8 Occurrences)

Risen (169 Occurrences)

Rescueth (5 Occurrences)

Roasted (13 Occurrences)

Excellency (53 Occurrences)

Excel (12 Occurrences)

Evening-time (2 Occurrences)

Enrolled (23 Occurrences)

Drinketh (33 Occurrences)

Dwellings (54 Occurrences)

Defiledst (1 Occurrence)

Depression (1 Occurrence)

Dissolve (4 Occurrences)

Damask (1 Occurrence)

Dug (45 Occurrences)

Drench (4 Occurrences)

Moaning (9 Occurrences)

Melt (33 Occurrences)

Meditate (37 Occurrences)

Molest (5 Occurrences)

Marriage-feasts (6 Occurrences)

Press (57 Occurrences)

Preeminence (5 Occurrences)

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