Watchmen
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Watchmen

Are of as early a date as cities, robbers, and wars, Exodus 14:24 Jud 7:19. Jerusalem and other cities had regular guards night and day, So 3:1-3 5:7, to whose hourly cries Isaiah refers in illustration of the vigilance required by God in his ministers, Isaiah 21:8,11,12 62:6.

At this day the watchmen of Jerusalem "keep not silence," nor do they "hold their peace day nor night;" especially at night and when danger is apprehended, they are required to call to each other every few minutes, and the cry passes from one to another entirely around the city walls. Those of Sidon also do the same. Watchmen always had a station at the gate of a city and in the adjacent tower, 2 Samuel 18:24-27 2 Kings 9:27; also on hill-tops overlooking a large circuit of terraced vineyards, whence they could "see eye to eye," and "lift up the voice" of warning or of cheer, Isaiah 52:7,8; and their responsible office, requiring so much vigilance and fidelity, illustrates that of prophets and ministers, Jeremiah 6:17 Ezekiel 33:1-9 Hebrews 13:17.

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
(n.) Plural of Watchman.
Strong's Hebrew
6822. tsaphah -- to look out or about, spy, keep watch
... keep watch (3), lookout (1), looks well (1), spies (1), watch (3), watch expectantly
(1), watched (1), watching (2), watchman (14), watchman's (1), watchmen (5 ...
/hebrew/6822.htm - 6k

8104. shamar -- to keep, watch, preserve
... care (1), take heed (5), take note (1), take...heed (1), waiting (1), waits (1),
watch (11), watched (1), watches (3), watching (3), watchman (4), watchmen (7 ...
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5341. natsar -- to watch, guard, keep
... 1), observes (1), preserve (10), preserves (1), reserve (1), secret places (1),
tends (1), watch (4), watcher (1), watches (1), watchman (1), watchmen (1). ...
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Library

The Watchmen that Went About the City Found Me; they Smote Me ...
... CHAPTER V. 7. The watchmen that went about the city found me; they smote me, they
wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me. ...
/.../guyon/song of songs of solomon/7 the watchmen that went.htm

The Watchmen that Go About the City Found Me, to whom I Said, Saw ...
... CHAPTER III. 3. The watchmen that go about the city found me, to whom I said,
Saw ye Him whom my soul loveth? Since I have not found ...
/.../guyon/song of songs of solomon/3 the watchmen that go.htm

For a Meeting of Ministers. 1 Let Zion's Watchmen all Awake
... ASSOCIATIONS, CONVENTIONS, AND MISSIONARY MEETINGS. 719. " For a Meeting of
Ministers. 1 Let Zion's watchmen all awake. 719. CM Doddridge. ...
/.../adams/hymns for christian devotion/719 for a meeting.htm

A Call to Prayer and Testimony
... At [7]the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. "I have set watchmen upon thy walls ...
May the Holy Spirit help us while we think of the Lord's people as watchmen! ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 37 1891/a call to prayer and.htm

A Consecrated Ministry
... Their work has been likened to that of watchmen. ... They are to stand as watchmen on
the walls of Zion, to sound the note of alarm at the approach of the enemy. ...
/.../white/the acts of the apostles/lesson 34 a consecrated ministry.htm

The Real Presence, the Great Want of the Church
... The words are very strong, "him whom my soul loveth;" as if though the spouse might
love the daughters of Jerusalem, might love the watchmen of the city, might ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 18 1872/the real presence the great.htm

The Ministry.
... Importance of the ministry. The church itself, without its watchmen, is a weak,
feeble, and very helpless thing. ... What could the temple do without its watchmen? ...
//christianbookshelf.org/bunyan/the riches of bunyan/xxii the ministry.htm

Upon Our Lord's SermonOn the Mount
... 2. To warn mankind of this, to guard as many as possible against this spreading
contagion, God has commanded his watchmen to cry aloud, and show the people the ...
/.../wesley/sermons on several occasions/sermon 32 upon our lords.htm

The Final Conflict and Heaven the Final
... Wake, awake, for night is flying,. The watchmen on the heights are crying; ... For
ye must go to meet Him there. Zion hears the watchmen singing,. ...
/.../the final conflict and heaven 13.htm

Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying
... Wake, awake, for night is flying: The watchmen on the heights are crying,. ... Speed
forth to join the marriage rite. Sion hears the watchmen singing,. ...
/.../advent 62 wake awake for.htm

Thesaurus
Watchmen (40 Occurrences)
... Multi-Version Concordance Watchmen (40 Occurrences). Matthew 27:65 Pilate said to
them, You have watchmen; go and make it as safe as you are able. (BBE). ...
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Watchmen's (4 Occurrences)
...Watchmen's (4 Occurrences). ... (DBY). 2 Kings 18:8 He smote the Philistines unto Gazah
and its borders, from the watchmen's tower to the fortified city. (DBY). ...
/w/watchmen's.htm - 7k

Longs (11 Occurrences)
... (WEB RSV). Psalms 130:6 My soul longs for the Lord more than watchmen long
for the morning; more than watchmen for the morning. (WEB). ...
/l/longs.htm - 9k

Waits (21 Occurrences)
... (WEB RSV NIV). Psalms 130:6 My soul waiteth for the Lord, more than watchmen for
the morning; yea, more than watchmen for the morning. (See NAS RSV NIV). ...
/w/waits.htm - 11k

Watchtower (9 Occurrences)
... did impute things that were not right unto the LORD their God, and they built them
high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the ...
/w/watchtower.htm - 9k

Watches (23 Occurrences)
... The periods into which the time between sunset and sunrise was divided. They are
so called because watchmen relieved each other at each of these periods. ...
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Rounds (2 Occurrences)
... Rounds (2 Occurrences). Song of Songs 3:3 The watchmen have found me, (Who are going
round about the city), 'Him whom my soul have loved saw ye?' (See NAS NIV). ...
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Bread-makers (2 Occurrences)
... Jeremiah 37:21 Then by the order of Zedekiah the king, Jeremiah was put into the
place of the armed watchmen, and they gave him every day a cake of bread from ...
/b/bread-makers.htm - 7k

Sentries (4 Occurrences)
... (See RSV NIV). Acts 12:19 And Herod, when he sent for him, and he was not there,
after questioning the watchmen, gave orders that they were to be put to death. ...
/s/sentries.htm - 7k

Post (26 Occurrences)
... Nehemiah 7:3 And I said to them, Do not let the doors of Jerusalem be open till
the sun is high; and while the watchmen are in their places, let the doors be ...
/p/post.htm - 19k

Concordance
Watchmen (40 Occurrences)

Matthew 27:65
Pilate said to them, You have watchmen; go and make it as safe as you are able.
(BBE)

Matthew 27:66
So they went, and made safe the place where his body was, putting a stamp on the stone, and the watchmen were with them.
(BBE)

Matthew 28:4
And for fear of him the watchmen were shaking, and became as dead men.
(BBE)

Matthew 28:11
Now, while they were going, some of the watchmen came into the town and gave news to the chief priests of all the things which had taken place.
(BBE)

Matthew 28:12
And when they had come together with those in authority, and had made their decision, they gave much money to the watchmen, saying,
(BBE)

Acts 12:6
And when Herod was about to take him out, the same night Peter was sleeping in chains between two armed men, and the watchmen were keeping watch before the door of the prison.
(BBE)

Acts 12:10
And when they had gone past the first and second watchmen they came to the iron door into the town, which came open by itself: and they went out and down one street; and then the angel went away.
(BBE)

Acts 12:19
And Herod, when he sent for him, and he was not there, after questioning the watchmen, gave orders that they were to be put to death. Then he went down from Judaea to Caesarea for a time.
(BBE)

Judges 7:19
So Gideon and the three hundred men who were with him came to the outer line of tents, at the start of the middle watch, when the watchmen had only then taken their stations; and the horns were sounded and the vessels broken.
(BBE YLT)

1 Samuel 14:16
The watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and behold, the multitude melted away, and they went here and there.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)

2 Kings 11:18
All the people of the land went to the house of Baal, and broke it down; his altars and his images broke they in pieces thoroughly, and killed Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars. The priest appointed officers over the house of Yahweh.
(See RSV)

2 Kings 17:9
The children of Israel did secretly things that were not right against Yahweh their God: and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fortified city;
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS)

2 Kings 18:8
He struck the Philistines to Gaza and its borders, from the tower of the watchmen to the fortified city.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)

2 Chronicles 23:18
Jehoiada appointed the officers of the house of Yahweh under the hand of the priests the Levites, whom David had distributed in the house of Yahweh, to offer the burnt offerings of Yahweh, as it is written in the law of Moses, with rejoicing and with singing, according to the order of David.
(See RSV)

Nehemiah 4:23
So not one of us, I or my brothers or my servants or the watchmen who were with me, took off his clothing, everyone went armed to the water.
(BBE)

Nehemiah 7:3
And I said to them, Do not let the doors of Jerusalem be open till the sun is high; and while the watchmen are in their places, let the doors be shut and locked: and let the people of Jerusalem be put on watch, every one in his watch, opposite his house.
(BBE)

Psalms 127:1
A Song of Ascents; of Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it; except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
(See NIV)

Psalms 130:6
My soul longs for the Lord more than watchmen long for the morning; more than watchmen for the morning.
(WEB JPS ASV NAS RSV NIV)

Ecclesiastes 12:3
In the day when the keepers of the house are shaking for fear, and the strong men are bent down, and the women who were crushing the grain are at rest because their number is small, and those looking out of the windows are unable to see;
(See NAS)

Song of Songs 3:3
The watchmen who go about the city found me; "Have you seen him whom my soul loves?"
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Song of Songs 5:7
The watchmen who go about the city found me. They beat me. They bruised me. The keepers of the walls took my cloak away from me.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Isaiah 52:8
The voice of your watchmen! they lift up the voice, together do they sing; for they shall see eye to eye, when Yahweh returns to Zion.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Isaiah 56:10
His watchmen are blind, they are all without knowledge; they are all mute dogs, they can't bark; dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Isaiah 62:6
I have set watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day nor night: you who call on Yahweh, take no rest,
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Jeremiah 4:17
Like keepers of a field they are against her on every side; because she has been fighting against me, says the Lord.
(See NAS)

Jeremiah 6:17
I set watchmen over you, saying, Listen to the sound of the trumpet; but they said, We will not listen.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Jeremiah 31:6
For there shall be a day, that the watchmen on the hills of Ephraim shall cry, Arise, and let us go up to Zion to Yahweh our God.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Jeremiah 32:2
Now at that time the king of Babylon's army was round Jerusalem, shutting it in: and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the place of the armed watchmen, in the house of the king of Judah.
(BBE)

Jeremiah 32:8
So Hanamel, the son of my father's brother, came to me, as the Lord had said, to the place of the armed watchmen, and said to me, Give the price and get my property which is in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin: for you have the nearest relation's right to the heritage; so get it for yourself. Then it was clear to me that this was the word of the Lord.
(BBE)

Jeremiah 32:12
And I gave the paper to Baruch, the son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, before the eyes of Hanamel, the son of my father's brother, and of the witnesses who had put their names to the paper, and before all the Jews who were seated in the place of the armed watchmen.
(BBE)

Jeremiah 33:1
Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the second time, while he was still shut up in the place of the armed watchmen, saying,
(BBE)

Jeremiah 37:21
Then by the order of Zedekiah the king, Jeremiah was put into the place of the armed watchmen, and they gave him every day a cake of bread from the street of the bread-makers, till all the bread in the town was used up. So Jeremiah was kept in the place of the armed watchmen.
(BBE)

Jeremiah 38:6
So they took Jeremiah and put him into the water-hole of Malchiah, the king's son, in the place of the armed watchmen: and they let Jeremiah down with cords. And in the hole there was no water, but wet earth: and Jeremiah went down into the wet earth.
(BBE)

Jeremiah 38:13
So pulling Jeremiah up with the cords they got him out of the water-hole: and Jeremiah was kept in the place of the armed watchmen.
(BBE)

Jeremiah 38:28
So Jeremiah was kept in the place of the armed watchmen till the day when Jerusalem was taken.
(BBE)

Jeremiah 39:14
And they sent and took Jeremiah out of the place of the watchmen, and gave him into the care of Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, to take him to his house: so he was living among the people.
(BBE)

Jeremiah 39:15
Now the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah while he was shut up in the place of the armed watchmen, saying,
(BBE)

Jeremiah 51:12
Set up a standard against the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, set the watchmen, prepare the ambushes; for Yahweh has both purposed and done that which he spoke concerning the inhabitants of Babylon.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS RSV NIV)

Ezekiel 27:11
The men of Arvad in your army were on your walls, and were watchmen in your towers, hanging up their arms on your walls round about; they made you completely beautiful.
(BBE)

Micah 7:4
The best of them is like a brier. The most upright is worse than a thorn hedge. The day of your watchmen, even your visitation, has come; now is the time of their confusion.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Subtopics

Watchmen

Watchmen in Time of Danger: Increase in Number

Watchmen in Time of Danger: Reported the Approach of all Strangers

Watchmen in Time of Danger: Sounded an Alarm at the Approach of Enemies

Watchmen in Time of Danger: Vigilant Night and Day

Watchmen of Ministers

Watchmen were Relieved by Turns

Watchmen were Stationed in the Streets of Cities

Watchmen were Stationed: Around the Temple in Jerusalem on Special Occasions

Watchmen were Stationed: On the Walls of Cities

Watchmen were Stationed: On Watch Towers

Watchmen: (Blind) of Careless Ministers

Watchmen: (Looking for the Morning) of Anxious Waiting for God

Watchmen: Citizens Sometimes Acted As

Watchmen: Danger of Sleeping on Their Posts, Referred To

Watchmen: Neglecting to Give Warning Punished With Death

Watchmen: Often Interrogated by Passengers

Watchmen: Paraded the Streets at Night to Preserve Order

Watchmen: Soldiers Generally Acted As

Watchmen: Vigilance of, Vain Without God's Protection

Related Terms

Watchmen's (4 Occurrences)

Longs (11 Occurrences)

Waits (21 Occurrences)

Watchtower (9 Occurrences)

Watches (23 Occurrences)

Rounds (2 Occurrences)

Bread-makers (2 Occurrences)

Sentries (4 Occurrences)

Post (26 Occurrences)

Water-hole (25 Occurrences)

Fenced (61 Occurrences)

Cake (25 Occurrences)

Gaza (22 Occurrences)

Ambush (39 Occurrences)

Watch (203 Occurrences)

Walls (152 Occurrences)

Visits (4 Occurrences)

Nearest (22 Occurrences)

Occur (13 Occurrences)

Locked (19 Occurrences)

Lookouts (1 Occurrence)

Gazah (16 Occurrences)

Gibeath-benjamin (4 Occurrences)

Watch-night (1 Occurrence)

Wait (223 Occurrences)

Watchman's (3 Occurrences)

Watchman (19 Occurrences)

Impute (7 Occurrences)

Thorn-fence (1 Occurrence)

Thorn-hedge (1 Occurrence)

Remind (16 Occurrences)

Recorders (1 Occurrence)

Reinforce (2 Occurrences)

Returneth (27 Occurrences)

Returns (27 Occurrences)

Remembrancers (1 Occurrence)

Restores (10 Occurrences)

Raving (4 Occurrences)

Relation's (2 Occurrences)

Dozing (1 Occurrence)

Dashing (3 Occurrences)

Doorstep (11 Occurrences)

Dog (19 Occurrences)

Dreamers (4 Occurrences)

Dreaming (4 Occurrences)

Melted (33 Occurrences)

Melting (9 Occurrences)

Paper (5 Occurrences)

Procurator

Putting (278 Occurrences)

Perplexity (8 Occurrences)

Bark (4 Occurrences)

Brier (10 Occurrences)

Briar (2 Occurrences)

Caesare'a (17 Occurrences)

Confirmed (34 Occurrences)

Ambushes (7 Occurrences)

Armed (147 Occurrences)

Stations (8 Occurrences)

Slaying (21 Occurrences)

Safe (388 Occurrences)

Surging (10 Occurrences)

Stamp (25 Occurrences)

Saul's (79 Occurrences)

Slumber (14 Occurrences)

Sharper (4 Occurrences)

Shaking (162 Occurrences)

Watching (111 Occurrences)

Geba (22 Occurrences)

News (453 Occurrences)

Decision (174 Occurrences)

Wet (25 Occurrences)

Beating (31 Occurrences)

Veil (67 Occurrences)

Hedge (12 Occurrences)

Mute (29 Occurrences)

Keeping (282 Occurrences)

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