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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Gate

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  • Of cities, as of Jerusalem (Jeremiah 37:13; Nehemiah 1:3; 2:3; 3:3 ), of Sodom (Genesis 19:1 ), of Gaza (Judges 16:3 ).

  • Of royal palaces (Nehemiah 2:8 ).

  • Of the temple of Solomon (1 Kings 6:34,35; 2 Kings 18:16 ); of the holy place (1 Kings 6:31,32; Ezekiel 41:23,24 ); of the outer courts of the temple, the beautiful gate (Acts 3:2 ).

  • Tombs (Matthew 27:60 ).

  • Prisons (Acts 12:10; 16:27 ).

  • Caverns (1 Kings 19:13 ).

  • Camps (Exodus 32:26,27; Hebrews 13:12 ).

    The materials of which gates were made were,

  • Iron and brass (Psalm 107:16; Isaiah 45:2; Acts 12:10 ).

  • Stones and pearls (Isaiah 54:12; Revelation 21:21 ).

  • Wood (Judges 16:3 ) probably.

    At the gates of cities courts of justice were frequently held, and hence "judges of the gate" are spoken of (Deuteronomy 16:18; 17:8; 21:19; 25:6,7 , etc.). At the gates prophets also frequently delivered their messages (Proverbs 1:21; 8:3; Isaiah 29:21; Jeremiah 17:19,20; 26:10 ). Criminals were punished without the gates (1 Kings 21:13; Acts 7:59 ). By the "gates of righteousness" we are probably to understand those of the temple (Psalm 118:19 ). "The gates of hell" (RSV, "gates of Hades") Matthew 16:18 , are generally interpreted as meaning the power of Satan, but probably they may mean the power of death, denoting that the Church of Christ shall never die.

    Copyright Statement
    These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.

    Bibliography Information
    Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Gate'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ebd/g/gate.html. 1897.

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