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A body of troops stationed for defense, often in the sense of occupying forces. In the tenth century B.C. the Philistines had garrisons deep in Jewish territory at Gibeath-elohim (1 Samuel 10:5 ), Geba (1 Samuel 13:3 ), and Bethlehem (2 Samuel 23:14 ). David, in turn, placed garrisons in Damascus (2 Samuel 8:6 ) and in Edom (2 Samuel 8:14 ) with the result that the natives became his servants, that is, they were subjugated and forced to pay tribute.

The KJV has garrisons at Ezekiel 26:11 where modern translations have a reference to pillars in honor of the gods of Tyre. The KJV of 2 Corinthians 11:32 mentions that the city of Damascus was guarded with a garrison. Modern versions simply note the city was guarded. The parallel in Acts 9:24 only mentions guards at the gate.

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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.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Garrison'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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