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Easton's Bible Dictionary
A prison (Genesis 40:3, 4); a watch-station (Isaiah 21:8); a guard (Nehemiah 13:30).
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) The act of guarding; watch; guard; guardianship; specifically, a guarding during the day. See the Note under Watch, n., 1.

2. (n.) One who, or that which, guards; garrison; defender; protector; means of guarding; defense; protection.

3. (n.) The state of being under guard or guardianship; confinement under guard; the condition of a child under a guardian; custody.

4. (n.) A guarding or defensive motion or position, as in fencing; guard.

5. (n.) One who, or that which, is guarded.

6. (n.) A minor or person under the care of a guardian; as, a ward in chancery.

7. (n.) A division of a county.

8. (n.) A division, district, or quarter of a town or city.

9. (n.) A division of a forest.

10. (n.) A division of a hospital; as, a fever ward.

11. (n.) A projecting ridge of metal in the interior of a lock, to prevent the use of any key which has not a corresponding notch for passing it.

12. (n.) A notch or slit in a key corresponding to a ridge in the lock which it fits; a ward notch.

13. (n.) To keep in safety; to watch; to guard; formerly, in a specific sense, to guard during the day time.

14. (n.) To defend; to protect.

15. (n.) To defend by walls, fortifications, etc.

16. (n.) To fend off; to repel; to turn aside, as anything mischievous that approaches; -- usually followed by off.

17. (v. i.) To be vigilant; to keep guard.

18. (v. i.) To act on the defensive with a weapon.

19. (v. i.) Alt. of -wards

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

word: "Ward" and "guard" are two different spellings of the same word, and in consequence no clear line can be drawn between them. English Versions of the Bible, however, has used "guard" only in the sense of "a special body of soldiers" (Genesis 37:36, etc.), while "ward" is used, not only in this sense (Jeremiah 37:13; contrast 39:9), but also in a variety of others. So a "ward" may mean "any body of men on special duty," as 1 Chronicles 9:23; the King James Version 1 Chronicles 26:16 Nehemiah 12:24, 25 (the Revised Version (British and American) "watch"), or the duty itself, as Isaiah 21:8 1 Chronicles 12:29 the King James Version (the Revised Version (British and American) "allegiance"); 1 Chronicles 25:8; 1 Chronicles 26:12 (the Revised Version (British and American) "office," margin "ward"); Nehemiah 12:45; Nehemiah 13:30 (the Revised Version (British and American) "charge"). Or "ward" may mean "guarded place," always in the phrase "put in ward." the Revised Version (British and American) has kept this phrase throughout (Genesis 40:3, etc.), changing it only in Ezekiel 19:9, where "cage" better carries out the figure of the context.

The distinction of the older English between "watch" and "ward," as applying respectively to the night and to the day seems unknown in English Versions of the Bible. Compare Isaiah 21:8.

The affix "-ward," denoting direction and still used in such forms as "toward," "northward," etc., had a much wider range in Biblical English. So, "to God-ward" (Exodus 18:19 2 Corinthians 3:4 1 Thessalonians 1:8); "to thee-ward" (1 Samuel 19:4); "to us-ward" (Psalm 40:5 Ephesians 1:19 2 Peter 3:9 the King James Version); "to you-ward" (2 Corinthians 1:12; 2 Corinthians 13:3 Ephesians 3:2 2 Peter 3:9 the Revised Version (British and American)); and in Exodus 37:9, the King James Version "even to the mercy seatward" (the Revised Version (British and American) "toward the mercy-seat").

Burton Scott Easton

292. amunomai -- to ward off
... to ward off. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: amunomai Phonetic Spelling:
(am-oo'-nom-ahee) Short Definition: I defend Definition: I ward off, defend ...
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292a. amuno -- to ward off
... amuno. 292b . to ward off. Transliteration: amuno Short Definition: defended. ... prefix)
and a prim. root mun- Definition to ward off NASB Word Usage defended (1) ...
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1519. eis -- to or into (indicating the point reached or entered ...
... entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial
phrases -- (abundant-)ly, against, among, as, at, (back-)ward, before, by ...
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5438. phulake -- a guarding, guard, watch
... 4). cage, hold, imprisonment, ward. From phulasso; a guarding or (concretely,
guard), the act, the person; figuratively, the place ...
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1899. epeita -- thereafter
... afterward, then. From epi and eita; thereafter -- after that(-ward), then. see GREEK
epi. see GREEK eita. (epeita) -- 16 Occurrences. 1898b, 1899. ...
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4722. stego -- to cover closely (so as to keep water out) ...
... of Speech: Verb Transliteration: stego Phonetic Spelling: (steg'-o) Short Definition:
I cover, conceal, bear with Definition: I cover, conceal, ward off, bear ...
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2596. kata -- down, against, according to
... up-)on (X part), out (of every), over against, (+ your) X own, + particularly, so,
through(-oughout, -oughout every), thus, (un-)to(-gether, -ward), X uttermost ...
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1534. eita -- then, next, therefore (an adv. denoting sequence)
... Of uncertain affinity; a particle of succession (in time or logical enumeration),
then, moreover -- after that(-ward), furthermore, then. See also epeita. ...
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5209. humas -- you
... of humeis, qv. you Accusative case of humeis; you (as the objective of a verb or
preposition) -- ye, you (+ -ward), your (+ own). see GREEK humeis. ...
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2316. theos -- God, a god
... Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with ho) the supreme Divinity; figuratively,
a magistrate; by Hebraism, very -- X exceeding, God, god(-ly, -ward). ...
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Strong's Hebrew
4307. mattara -- a guard, ward, prison, target, mark
... a guard, ward, prison, target, mark. Transliteration: mattara or mattarah Phonetic
Spelling: (mat-taw-raw') Short Definition: guardhouse. ...
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4929. mishmar -- place of confinement, jail, prison, guard, watch ...
... services (1). diligence, guard, office, prison, ward, watch. From shamar;
a guard (the man, the post or the prison); a deposit (fig ...
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8121. shemesh -- sun
... unused root meaning to be brilliant; the sun; by implication, the east; figuratively,
a ray, ie (arch.) A notched battlement -- + east side(-ward), sun ((rising ...
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322. achorannith -- backwards
... back ward, again. Prolonged from 'achowr; backwards -- back (-ward, again). see
HEBREW 'achowr. 321, 322. achorannith. 323 . Strong's Numbers.
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6488. peqiduth -- oversight
... Word Origin from paqad Definition oversight NASB Word Usage guard (1). ward. From
paqiyd; supervision -- ward. see HEBREW paqiyd. 6487, 6488. peqiduth. 6489 ...
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6440. panim -- face, faces
... because (of), + beseech, countenance, edge, + employ, endure, + enquire, face, favour,
fear of, for, forefront(-part), form(-er time, -ward), from, front ...
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268. achor -- the hind side, back part
... Or (shortened) achor {aw-khore'}; from Achiyra'; the hinder part; hence (adverb)
behind, backward; also (as facing north) the West -- after(-ward), back (part ...
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5474. sugar -- a cage, prison
... Word Origin from sagar Definition a cage, prison NASB Word Usage cage (1). ward.
From cagar; an inclosure, ie Cage (for an animal) -- ward. see HEBREW cagar. ...
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4931. mishmereth -- a guard, watch, charge, function
... charge, keep, or to be kept, office, ordinance, safeguard, ward, watch. Fem. Of
mishmar; watch, ie The act (custody), or (concr.) The sentry, the post; obj. ...
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314. acharon -- coming after or behind
... Or (shortened);acharon {akh-ar-one'}; from 'achar; hinder; generally, late or last;
specifically (as facing the east) western -- after (-ward), to come ...
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Ward. LM
... 356 Ward. LM. Psalm 46. (849) God is the refuge of his saints, When storms
of sharp distress invade. Ere we can offer our complaints ...
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The Life of Mr. Robert M'Ward.
... The Life of Mr. ROBERT M'WARD. Mr. Robert M'Ward was born in Glenluce.
After he had gone through his courses of learning at the ...
/.../howie/biographia scoticana scots worthies/the life of mr robert 8.htm

Ward. LM Before Sermon.
... 38 Ward. LM Before Sermon. Before Sermon. (122) Thy presence, gracious
God! afford: Prepare us to receive thy word; Now let thy ...
/.../lorenz/the otterbein hymnal/38 ward l m before sermon.htm

I Will that Thou Beest Aye Climbing to Jesus-Ward...
... CHAPTER V. I will that thou beest aye climbing to JESUS-ward? I will that
thou beest aye climbing to JESUS-ward, and increasing ...
/.../the form of perfect living and other prose treatises/chapter v i will that.htm

In the New Testament the Catholic Church Forged for Herself a New ...
... In the New Testament the Catholic Church forged for herself a new weapon with which
to ward off all heresy as unchristian; but she has also found in it a court ...
/.../harnack/the origin of the new testament/ 10 in the new.htm

A Coal From The Altar, To Kindle The Holy Fire of Zeale
... Title Page. A COAL FROM THE ALTAR, TO KINDLE THE holy fire of Zeale. In a Sermon
preached at a generall Visitation at Ipswich. By SAM WARD Bach. of Divinity. ...
/.../ward/a coal from the altar to kindle the holy fire of zeale/title page.htm

... DEDICATION. To my reverend Friend Mr. SAMUEL WARD. Sir, your Sermon which
I copied partly from your mouth, and partly from your notes ...
/.../ward/a coal from the altar to kindle the holy fire of zeale/dedication.htm

The Sixt Part.
... separated adversaries; but unto the Prophet Hosea his cake, halfe baked upon the
hearth, having one side, that is, the one side to the world-ward, in publique ...
/.../ward/a coal from the altar to kindle the holy fire of zeale/the sixt part.htm

A Coal From The Altar, To Kindle The Holy Fire of Zeale
A Coal From The Altar, To Kindle The Holy Fire of Zeale. ...
/.../ward/a coal from the altar to kindle the holy fire of zeale/

Letter W
... 1833 * Waller, William J. "Received 1825 * Walsh, Tracy R. "Received 1830, Located
1837 * Walters, Spencer "Received 1836 * Ward, Ariel "Received 1827 ...
/.../christianbookshelf.org/bangs/an alphabetical list of m e preachers/letter w.htm

You-ward (9 Occurrences)
You-ward. You've, You-ward. Yud-kay-vav-kay . Multi-Version
Concordance You-ward (9 Occurrences). 2 Corinthians 1:12 ...
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Ward (27 Occurrences)
... 6. (n.) A minor or person under the care of a guardian; as, a ward in chancery. ...
10. (n.) A division of a hospital; as, a fever ward. 11. ...
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Us-ward (4 Occurrences)
Us-ward. Usury, Us-ward. Uta . Multi-Version Concordance Us-ward
(4 Occurrences). Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the ...
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Thee-ward (1 Occurrence)
Thee-ward. Theeward, Thee-ward. Theft . Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
THEE-WARD. the'-werd. "To thee-ward" (1 Samuel 19:4) = toward thee. ...
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God-ward (3 Occurrences)
God-ward. God-taught, God-ward. Goel . Multi-Version Concordance
God-ward (3 Occurrences). 2 Corinthians 3:4 And such ...
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Rear-ward (3 Occurrences)
Rear-ward. Rearward, Rear-ward. Re-ascend . Multi-Version Concordance
Rear-ward (3 Occurrences). Numbers 10:25 And the ...
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Side-ward (1 Occurrence)
Side-ward. Side-walls, Side-ward. Siding . Multi-Version Concordance
Side-ward (1 Occurrence). 1 Samuel 20:20 And I ...
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Prisoner (87 Occurrences)
... and Nehemiah), (4) mahaphekheth, "distorting," ie stocks or pillory (4 times),
(5) 'ecur, "bond," "fetters" (Ecclesiastes 4:14 Jeremiah 37:15); "ward" in the ...
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Prison (131 Occurrences)
... In the wilderness two persons were "put in ward" (Leviticus 24:12; Numbers 15:34),
but it was only till the mind of God concerning them should be ascertained. ...
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... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia THEE-WARD. the'-werd. "To
thee-ward" (1 Samuel 19:4) = toward thee. See WARD. ...
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Ward (27 Occurrences)

Acts 4:3
And they laid hands on them, and put them in ward unto the morrow: for it was now eventide.

Acts 5:18
and laid hands on the apostles, and put them in public ward.

Acts 12:10
When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him.

Galatians 3:23
But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, confined for the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

Genesis 40:3
And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound.

Genesis 40:4
And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them: and they continued a season in ward.

Genesis 40:7
And he asked Pharaoh's officers that were with him in the ward of his lord's house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly to day?

Genesis 41:10
Pharaoh was wroth with his servants, and put me in ward in the captain of the guard's house, both me and the chief baker:

Genesis 42:17
And he put them all together into ward three days.

Genesis 42:19
if ye 'are' right men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your ward, and ye, go, carry in corn 'for' the famine of your houses,

Leviticus 24:12
And they put him in ward, that the mind of the LORD might be showed them.

Numbers 15:34
And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him.

2 Samuel 5:6
The king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who spoke to David, saying, "Unless you take away the blind and the lame, you shall not come in here;" thinking, "David can't come in here."

2 Samuel 20:3
And David came to his house at Jerusalem; and the king took the ten women his concubines, whom he had left to keep the house, and put them in ward, and fed them, but went not in unto them. So they were shut up unto the day of their death, living in widowhood.

1 Chronicles 12:29
And of the children of Benjamin, the kindred of Saul, three thousand: for hitherto the greatest part of them had kept the ward of the house of Saul.

1 Chronicles 25:8
And they cast lots, ward against ward, as well the small as the great, the teacher as the scholar.

1 Chronicles 26:16
To Shuppim and Hosah westward, by the gate of Shallecheth, at the causeway that goes up, watch against watch.

Nehemiah 12:24
And the chief of the Levites: Hashabiah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua the son of Kadmiel, with their brethren over against them, to praise and to give thanks, according to the commandment of David the man of God, ward over against ward.

Nehemiah 12:25
Mattaniah, and Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon, Akkub, were porters keeping the ward at the thresholds of the gates.

Nehemiah 12:45
And both the singers and the porters kept the ward of their God, and the ward of the purification, according to the commandment of David, and of Solomon his son.

Psalms 119:95
The sinners have been waiting for me to give me up to destruction; but I will give all my mind to your unchanging ward.

Isaiah 21:8
And he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights:

Isaiah 47:11
But evil shall come upon thee thou shalt not know from whence it riseth; and mischief shall fall upon thee, which thou shalt not be able to ward off; and desolation that thou suspectest not shall come upon thee suddenly.

Jeremiah 37:13
And when he was in the gate of Benjamin, a captain of the ward was there, whose name was Irijah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Hananiah; and he took Jeremiah the prophet, saying, Thou fallest away to the Chaldeans.

Lamentations 2:14
Your prophets have seen for you false and foolish visions; They have not uncovered your iniquity, to bring back your captivity, but have seen for you false oracles and causes of banishment.
(See NIV)

Ezekiel 19:9
And they put him in ward in chains, and brought him to the king of Babylon: they brought him into holds, that his voice should no more be heard upon the mountains of Israel.

Daniel 4:35
All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; and he does according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand, or ask him, What are you doing?
(See NAS)



Ward or Guard

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Us-ward (4 Occurrences)

Thee-ward (1 Occurrence)

God-ward (3 Occurrences)

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Side-ward (1 Occurrence)

Prisoner (87 Occurrences)

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Doorkeepers (37 Occurrences)


Mediator (7 Occurrences)

Kad'mi-el (8 Occurrences)

Corresponding (17 Occurrences)

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Shal'lecheth (1 Occurrence)

Sherebi'ah (8 Occurrences)

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Golden (86 Occurrences)

Thanksgiving (49 Occurrences)

Calf (39 Occurrences)

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Warden (8 Occurrences)

War-cry (5 Occurrences)

Theft (5 Occurrences)

Rearward (6 Occurrences)

Usury (17 Occurrences)

Upper (99 Occurrences)

Hashabi'ah (16 Occurrences)

Yud-kay-vav-kay (1 Occurrence)

You've (3 Occurrences)


Obadi'ah (16 Occurrences)

Officials (229 Occurrences)

Leadeth (42 Occurrences)

Leading (101 Occurrences)

Guard's (1 Occurrence)

God-taught (1 Occurrence)

Godly (50 Occurrences)

Glorifying (21 Occurrences)

Watch-tower (6 Occurrences)

Wait (223 Occurrences)

Westward (35 Occurrences)

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Watch (203 Occurrences)

Warn (35 Occurrences)

Wolf (4 Occurrences)

Wroth (65 Occurrences)

Iri'jah (2 Occurrences)

Fellow-worker (5 Occurrences)

Fallest (4 Occurrences)

Thresholds (11 Occurrences)

Threshholds (3 Occurrences)

Thitherward (3 Occurrences)

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Re-ascend (1 Occurrence)

Explained (25 Occurrences)

Day-time (11 Occurrences)

Defence (48 Occurrences)

Dispensation (8 Occurrences)

Defend (38 Occurrences)

Mattani'ah (16 Occurrences)

Medicine (4 Occurrences)

Pupil (4 Occurrences)

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Catcheth (10 Occurrences)

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Ahasbai (1 Occurrence)


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Siding (3 Occurrences)

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