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The Hebrew words so rendered in the Authorized Version are derivatives from the root natsab , to "place, erect," which may be applied to a variety of objects.
  1. Mattsab and mattsabah undoubtedly mean a "garrison" or fortified post. ( 1 Samuel 13:23 ; 14:14 ; 1 Samuel 15 ; 2 Samuel 23:14 )
  2. Netsib is also used for a "garrison" in ( 1 Chronicles 11:16 ) but elsewhere for a "column" erected in an enemy's country as a token of conquest. (1 Samuel 13:3 )
  3. The same word elsewhere means "officers" placed over a vanquished people. (2 Samuel 8:6,14 ; 1 Chronicles 18:13 ; 2 Chronicles 17:2 )
  4. Mattsebah in ( Ezekiel 26:11 ) means a "pillar."

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Garrison'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. 1901.

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