Dictionary Mode: easton:Fence
@ (Heb. gader), Numbers:22:24 (R.V.). Fences were constructions of unmortared stones, to protect gardens, vineyards, sheepfolds, etc. From various causes they were apt to bulge out and fall Psalms:62:3). In Psalms:80:12, R.V. (see Isaiah:5:5), the psalmist says, "Why hast thou broken down her fences?" Serpents delight to lurk in the crevices of such fences Ecclesiastes:10:8; comp. Amos:5:19).
Fenced cities @ There were in Palestine (1) cities, (2) unwalled villages, and (3) villages with castles or towers ( 1Chronicles:27:25). Cities, so called, had walls, and were thus fenced. The fortifications consisted of one or two walls, on which were towers or parapets at regular intervals ( 2Chronicals:32:5; Jeremiah:31:38). Around ancient Jerusalem were three walls, on one of which were ninety towers, on the second fourteen, and on the third sixty. The tower of Hananeel, near the north-east corner of the city wall, is frequently referred to Nehemiah:3:1 Nehemiah:12:39; Zechariah:14:10). The gateways of such cities were also fortified Nehemiah:2:8 Nehemiah:3:3 Nehemiah:3:6; Judges:16:2-3; 1Samuel:23:7). The Hebrews found many fenced cities when they entered the Promised Land Numbers:13:28 Numbers:32:17 Numbers:32:34-42; Joshua:11:12-13; Judges:1:27-33), and we may estimate the strength of some of these cities from the fact that they were long held in possession by the Canaanites. The Jebusites, e.g., were enabled to hold possession of Jerusalem till the time of David ( 2Samuel:5:6-7; 1Chronicles:11:5). Several of the kings of Israel and Judah distinguished themselves as fortifiers or "builders" of cities.
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