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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.

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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 'Watch'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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