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Holman Bible Dictionary

Night Watch

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An ancient division of time (Psalm 90:4; Psalm 119:148; Lamentations 2:19; Matthew 14:25 ). According to the later Jewish system, the night was divided into three watches (evening, midnight, and morning). The Greco-Roman system added a fourth (cockcrowing) between midnight and morning (Mark 13:35 ). The fourth watch (Matthew 14:25; Mark 6:48 ) designates the time just before dawn.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Night Watch'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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