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1. Designed for separation. Eze 43:8; Eph 2:14.

2. Designed for defence. 1Sa 25:16.

3. Mentioned in scripture

a. Of cities. Nu 13:28.

b. Of temples. 1Ch 29:4; Isa 56:5.

c. Of houses. 1Sa 18:11.

d. Of vineyards. Nu 22:24; Pr 24:31.

4. Frequently made of stone and wood together. Ezr 5:8; Hab 2:11.

5. Were probably often strengthened with plates of iron or brass. Jer 15:20; Eze 4:3.

6. Of cities

a. Often very high. De 1:28; 3:5.

b. Strongly fortified. Isa 2:15; 25:12.

c. Had towers built on them. 2Ch 26:9; 32:5; Ps 48:12; Song 8:10.

d. Houses often built on. Jos 2:15.

e. Were broad and places of public resort. 2Ki 6:26,30; Ps 55:10.

f. Were strongly manned in war. 2Ki 18:26.

g. Kept by watchmen night and day. Song 5:7; Isa 62:6.

h. Houses sometimes broken down to repair, and fortify. Isa 22:10.

i. Danger of approaching too near to, in time of war. 2Sa 11:20,21.

j. Were battered by besieging armies. 2Sa 20:15; Eze 4:2,3.

k. Adroitness of soldiers in scaling alluded to. Joe 2:7-9.

l. Sometimes burned. Jer 49:27; Am 1:7.

m. Frequently laid in ruins. 2Ch 25:23; 36:19; Jer 50:15.

n. Destruction of, a punishment and cause of grief. De 28:52; Ne 1:3; 2:12-17.

o. The falling of, sometimes occasioned great destruction. 1Ki 20:30.

p. The bodies of enemies sometimes fastened on, as a disgrace. 1Sa 31:10.

q. Custom of dedicating. Ne 12:27.

r. idolatrous rites performed on. 2Ki 3:27.

s. Instances of persons let down from. Jos 2:15; Ac 9:24,25; 2Co 11:33.

7. Small towns and villages were not surrounded by. Le 25:31; De 3:5.

8. Of houses

a. Usually plastered. Eze 13:10; Da 5:5.

b. Had nails or pegs fastened into them when built. Ec 12:11; Isa 22:23.

c. Liable to leprosy. Le 14:37.

d. Often infested with serpents. Am 5:19.

e. Could be easily dug through. Ge 49:6; Eze 8:7,8; 12:5.

f. The seat next, was the place of distinction. 1Sa 20:25.

9. Hyssop frequently grew on. 1Ki 4:33.

10. Miracles connected with

a. Falling of the walls of Jericho. Jos 6:20.

b. Handwriting on the wall of Belshazzar’s palace. Da 5:5,25-28.

11. Illustrative

a. Of salvation. Isa 26:1; 60:18.

b. Of the protection of God. Zec 2:5.

c. Of those who afford protection. 1Sa 25:16; Isa 2:15.

d. Of the Church as a protection to the nation. Song 8:9,10.

e. Of ordinances as a protection to the Church. Song 2:9; Isa 5:5.

f. Of the wealth of the rich in his own conceit. Pr 18:11.

g. (Brazen,) of prophets in their testimony against the wicked. Jer 22:20.

h. (Bowing or tottering,) of the wicked under judgments. Ps 62:3; Isa 30:13.

i. (Of partition,) of separation of Jews and Gentiles. Eph 2:14.

j. (Daubed with untempered mortar,) of the teaching of false prophets. Eze 13:10-15.

k. (Whited,) of hypocrites. Ac 23:3.