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Easton's Bible Dictionary
One taken in war. Captives were often treated with great cruelty and indignity (1 Kings 20:32
; Joshua 10:24
; Judges 1:7
; 2 Samuel 4:12
; Judges 8:7
; 2 Samuel 12:31
; 1 Chronicles 20:3
). When a city was taken by assault, all the men were slain, and the women and children carried away captive and sold as slaves (Isaiah 20
; 2 Chronicles 28:9-15
; Psalm 44:12
; Joel 3:3
), and exposed to the most cruel treatment (Nahum 3:10
; Zechariah 14:2
; Esther 3:13
; 2 Kings 8:12
; Isaiah 13:16,18
). Captives were sometimes carried away into foreign countries, as was the case with the Jews (Jeremiah 20:5
These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.
Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Captive'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ebd/c/captive.html. 1897.