Places Study on Bezer

Places Study on Bezer

Deuteronomy 4: Namely, Bezer in the wilderness, in the plain country, of the Reubenites; and Ramoth in Gilead, of the Gadites; and Golan in Bashan, of the Manassites.
Joshua 20: And on the other side Jordan by Jericho eastward, they assigned Bezer in the wilderness upon the plain out of the tribe of Reuben, and Ramoth in Gilead out of the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan out of the tribe of Manasseh.
Joshua 21: And out of the tribe of Reuben, Bezer with her suburbs, and Jahazah with her suburbs,
1 Chronicles 6: And on the other side Jordan by Jericho, on the east side of Jordan, were given them out of the tribe of Reuben, Bezer in the wilderness with her suburbs, and Jahzah with her suburbs,
1 Chronicles 7: Bezer, and Hod, and Shamma, and Shilshah, and Ithran, and Beera.

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Holman Bible Dictionary - Bezer
(bee' zuhr) Place name meaning, “inaccessible.” 1. A city of refuge in tribal territory of Reuben (Deuteronomy 4:43 ; Joshua 20:8 ), set aside as a city for the Levites (Joshua 21:36 ). It may be Umm el-Amad, eight miles northeast of Medeba. Mesha, king of Moab about 830 B.C., claimed to have rebuilt Bezer as a Moabite city.



Easton's Bible Dictionary - Bezer
Ore of gold or silver.
A city of the Reubenites; one of the three cities of refuge on the east of Jordan (Deuteronomy 4 :: 43 ; Joshua 20:8 ). It has been identified with the modern ruined village of Burazin, some 12 miles north of Heshbon; also with Kasur-el-Besheir, 2 miles south-west of Dibon.



A descendant of Asher (1 Chronicles 7:37 ).


Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Bezer
BEZER (‘fortress’). 1 . An Asherite ( 1 Chronicles 7:37 ). 2 . A city belonging to Reuben, situated ‘in the wilderness, on the mîshôr ,’ or fiat table-land, E. of Jordan ( Deuteronomy 4:43 , Joshua 20:8 ); a city of refuge allotted, according to P [Note: Priestly Narrative.] , to the Merarites ( Joshua 21:36 , whence 1 Chronicles 6:78 , (63)). It is mentioned also by Mesha’ (Moab. Stone, l. 27), as being in ruins in his day, and as having been rebuilt by him, after his revolt from Ahab, and expulsion of the Israelites from the territory N. of the Arnon. From its being described as being in the ‘wilderness’ (cf. Deuteronomy 2:8 ) it may be inferred that it was situated towards the E. border of the Moabite table-land. The site has not yet been recovered.

Hitchcock's Bible Names - Bezer
Vine branches
Morrish Bible Dictionary - Bezer
1. A city in Reuben, described as 'in the wilderness, in the plain country.' It was one of the three Cities of Refuge on the east of the Jordan. Deuteronomy 4:43 ; Joshua 20:8 ; Joshua 21:36 ; 1 Chronicles 6:78 . Identified with Kusr el Besheir, 31 29' N, 35 43' E .

2. Son of Zophah, one of the princes of Asher. 1 Chronicles 7:37 .

The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Bezer
One of the cities of refuge appointed for the manslayer to flee unto, as provided. See (Deuteronomy 4:41, etc.) It lay in the country of the Reuhenites, but became somewhat like a frontier town, both to them, and to Edom and Moab; being near the borders of each. What makes it particularly meriting our attention is, that in the design and appointment of it we see clear traces of its being typical of the Lord Jesus Christ.

These cities of refuge were for the manslayer to flee to for shelter. Now Christ is the only refuge for the manslayer of the soul to flee unto; for every sinner is a soul-murderer: he hath slain his own soul. And if fleeing to Christ when the avenger of blood, that is, the law of God, and the justice of God, is pursuing him, he takes shelter in the Lord Jesus, the Bezer of his people, and the city of refuge for security, before he be overtaken, he is in safety for ever. All the days his High Priest liveth no condemnation can fall upon him; and that is for ever!

That the appointment of those cities (which were six in number), had an eye to Christ cannot be doubted, because a provision for the manslayer, if referring only to temporal things, might have been made in a much easier and more simple way. An express law for the magistrate or priest to have acted upon, in all cases of murder where there was no malice prepense, would have been equally easy in this case, as in every other. But when we see six cities expressly set apart for this one purpose only, and placed in certain situations convenient for the poor murderer to get most easily at; when we read so much as is said concerning it, and call to mind how much the Holy Ghost delighted in shadowing forth Christ, under the Old Testament Scripture, in type and figure; and when we observe, moreover, how very strikingly the things here marked down in the city of refuge point to the Lord Jesus Christ, we cannot hesitate to conclude, that it was thus, among a great variety of other ways, Christ was preached to the people. Christ, indeed, as a sanctuary, infinitely exceeds the type represented by the city of refuge. For though the manslayer, when entered within the suburbs, could not be taken from thence, yet neither could he go abroad; if he did, he died. But in Jesus we are both made safe and free; for "if the Son hath made us free, we shall be free indeed." (John 8:36) Moreover, the manslayer among the Jews had freedom only upon the death of the high priest, but our great High Priest giveth freedom both while we live on earth, and hereafter in heaven; and "he himself abideth a priest for ever."

I cannot forbear adding, what hath been always considered, by pious believers, as a farther testimony that these cities of refuge had an eye to Christ, and were plainly typical, namely, that the name given to each became expressive of somewhat significant in relation to the Lord Jesus Christ. Bezer means a strong hold. And such is Christ. Ramoth in Gilead, a place of eminency. And JEHOVAH'S testimony of Jesus is, that "he should be exalted, and extolled, and be very high?" (Isaiah 52:13) And Golan, in Bashan, carries with it the glory. And is there not joy and peace in believing when the soul abounds in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost? Neither were the other three cities appointed beyond Jordan by Joshua, less striking, when considered in reference to Christ. (Joshua 20:7) Kedish, holy. And who is holy but Jesus? Shechem, the shoulder. And Christ's government is said to be upon his shoulder. (Isaiah 9:6) And Kirjatharba, or Hebron, the city of fellowship. Into what sweet fellowship and communion doth Jesus bring all his people!

It is a very blessed addition to this merciful design of the Lord, that he so graciously appointed the whole six cities of refuge to suit the different situations of the people, that if they were central in the place where the manslaughter was committed, or at the remote end of their town, at each extremity there were avenues leading to the one or other of the city of refuge. And it was a law in Israel we are told, that one day in every year there were persons sent to repair the roads leading to them, and to remove all stumblingblocks or stones, which might by time have fallen in the way; and to see also, that the posts of direction, which were set up at every corner leading to the city, were carefully preserved, and the name Miklat, (that is, refuge) legible upon them. All these were so many express types of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is our Zoar, Genesis 19:20, etc. our Bezer, (Psalms 145:18) our city of refuge to flee to. And he is always near at hand. He is also, (as the prophet described him) the repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in. (Isaiah 58:12) And every ordinance and means of grace in the ministry of his word points, like the Miklat of the Jews, unto Jesus, saying, "This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left," (Isaiah 30:21) Blessed Jesus, be thou indeed, "the way, and the truth, and the life!" and surely, "the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein." (Isaiah 35:8)

Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Bezer
or Bozra, or Bostra, a city beyond Jordan, given by Moses to Reuben: this town was designed by Joshua to be a city of refuge; it was given to the Levites of Gershom's family, Deuteronomy 4:43 . When Scripture mentions Bezer, it adds, "in the wilderness," because it lay in Arabia Deserta, and the eastern part of Edom, encompassed with deserts. Eusebius places Bozra twenty-four miles from Adraa, or Edrai. This city is sometimes said to belong to Reuben, sometimes to Moab, and sometimes again to Edom; because, as it was a frontier town to these three provinces, it was occasionally in the hands of one party, and then was taken by another. The bishops of Bostra subscribed the decrees of several councils.

American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Bezer
A city of refuge, in the plain country of Reuben beyond Jordan. Its exact site is not known, Deuteronomy 4:43 Joshua 20:8 21:36 .

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Bozrah - It may be equated with Bezer. See Bezer
Refuge, Cities of - On the east of Jordan were, (1) Golan, in Bashan; (2) Ramoth-Gilead, in Gad; and (3) Bezer, in Reuben
Bezer - , claimed to have rebuilt Bezer as a Moabite city
Bozrah - Bozrah of Moab, Jeremiah 48:24 , may be the same place with this, or perhaps with Bezer
Bezer - When Scripture mentions Bezer, it adds, "in the wilderness," because it lay in Arabia Deserta, and the eastern part of Edom, encompassed with deserts
Bezer - Bezer (‘fortress’)
Cities of Refuge, - (Joshua 21:13 ; 2 Samuel 5:5 ; 1 Chronicles 6:55 ; 29:27 ; 2 Chronicles 11:10 ) ... On the east side of Jordan - Bezer , in the tribe of Reuben, in the plains of Moab
Cities of Refuge - On the east side of Jordan—Bezer, in the tribe of Reuben, in the plains of Moab, Deuteronomy 4:43; Joshua 20:8; Joshua 21:36
Cities of Refuge - Bezer, perhaps Bozor in the Book of Maccabees ("fortress," so is Jesus, Isaiah 32:2; Isaiah 26:1; Isaiah 26:4)
Bezer - And if fleeing to Christ when the avenger of blood, that is, the law of God, and the justice of God, is pursuing him, he takes shelter in the Lord Jesus, the Bezer of his people, and the city of refuge for security, before he be overtaken, he is in safety for ever. Bezer means a strong hold. our Bezer, (Psalms 145:18) our city of refuge to flee to
City - There were six cities of refuge, three on each side of Jordan, namely, Kadesh, Shechem, Hebron, on the west of Jordan; and on the east, Bezer, Ramoth-gilead, and Golan
Levitical Cities - Although six of the 48 were asylums for those guilty of manslaughter (Kedesh, Schechem, Hebron in Canaan, Bezer, Ramoth-Gilead, and Golan), Levitical cities and cities of refuge are not synonymous
Gilead - Thus Bezer was in the country of the Mishor ("plain country," KJV Deuteronomy 4:43), the smooth downs of Moab contrasting with the higher districts of Bashan northwards and the rugged country W
Refuge, Cities of - On the west were Kedesh of Naphtali, Shechem, and Hebron; on the east, Golan, Ramoth-Gilead, and Bezer, Joshua 20:7,8
Refuge - And on the other side, by Jericho eastward, there was Bezer in the wilderness of Ramoth in Gilead, and Golan in Bashan. Bezer or Bazar was used for a market place among the Eastern nations in after-ages; and Betzer meant an inclosure: so that in either sense the word is striking
Refuge - Those on this side Jordan were Kedesh of Naphtali, Hebron, and Shechem; those beyond Jordan were Bezer, Golan, and Ramoth-Gilead, Joshua 20:7-8
Refuge, Cities of - These six cities were Kedesh, Shechem, and Hebron on the west, all well-known sanctuaries from early times, and Golan, Ramoth, and Bezer on the east
Dibon - rebuilt and fortified) Baalmeon, Kiriathaim, and Nebo," all once in Reuben's hands; also "Bezer" (Deuteronomy 4:43)
Land (of Israel) - Bezer and Ramoth Gilead were in Transjordan and Golan was in Bashan