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Holman Bible Dictionary
A division of time in which soldiers or others were on duty to guard something. They are listed as “evening,” “midnight,” “cockcrowing,” and “morning” (Mark 13:35
NAS). Nehemiah set watches which may mean armed persons or just citizens on guard ( Mark 4:9
; Mark 7:3
). The Old Testament seems to have had three watches rather than four. There was the “beginning of the watches” (Lamentations 2:19
), the “middle watch” (Judges 7:19
), and the “morning watch” (Exodus 14:24
). See Time.
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Watch'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/w/watch.html. 1991.