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bē´zum : Occurs only once in Scripture: "I will sweep it with the besom of destruction" (Isaiah 14:23 ). Refers to what was in store for Babylon. The Hebrew word maṭ'ăṭē' , rendered "besom," is close of kin to the one (tı̄'ṭē'thı̄hā ) rendered "sweep." In early English "besom" was synonymous with "broom," and is still so used in some parts of England.

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Besom'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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