What does Ensign mean in the Bible?

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Easton's Bible Dictionary - Ensign
Heb. 'oth, a military standard, especially of a single tribe (Numbers 2:2 ). Each separate tribe had its own "sign" or "ensign."
Heb. nes, a lofty signal, as a column or high pole (Numbers 21:8,9 ); a standard or signal or flag placed on high mountains to point out to the people a place of rendezvous on the irruption of an enemy (Isaiah 5:26 ; 11:12 ; 18:3 ; 62:10 ; Jeremiah 4:6,21 ; Psalm 60:4 ). This was an occasional signal, and not a military standard. Elevation and conspicuity are implied in the word.
The Hebrew word Degel Denotes the standard given to each of the four divisions of the host of the Israelites at the Exodus ( Numbers 1:52 ; 2:2 ; 10:14 ). In Song of Solomon 2:4 it is rendered "banner." We have no definite information as to the nature of these military standards. (See BANNER .)
Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Banner, Ensign, Standard
BANNER, ENSIGN, STANDARD . That the Hebrews, like the Egyptians (Wilkinson, Anc. Egyp . [1] I. 195, illust.), Assyrians, and other ancient nations, possessed military ensigns is a safe inference from Numbers 2:2 , but not from the mention of the standard-bearer in Isaiah 10:18 AV [2] , which is to be rendered as RVm [3] . Nothing certain, however, is known regarding them. In the former passage a distinction seems to be made for another view see Gray’s Com. in loc . between the ensigns (lit. ‘signs,’ cf. Psalms 74:4 where the reference is probably to the standards of Antiochus’ army) of the ‘fathers’ houses,’ and the standards (the banner of Song of Solomon 2:4 ; cf. Song of Solomon 6:4 ; cf. Song of Solomon 6:10 ) of the four great divisions of the Hebrew tribes in the wilderness, according to the artificial theory of the priestly writer.
Equally uncertain is the relation of these to the nçs , which was a wooden pole ( Numbers 21:8 f. AV [2] and RV [5] ‘standard’ cf. the parallelism with ‘mast’ Isaiah 30:17 RVm [3] ), set up on an eminence as a signal for the mustering of the troops. This word is of frequent occurrence both in the original sense and in the figurative sense of a rallying point, in the prophetic announcements of the future ( Isaiah 5:26 ; Isaiah 11:10 , Jeremiah 4:21 and often). The rendering alternates between ‘ensign’ and ‘banner.’
A. R. S. Kennedy.
Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Ensign
ENSIGN . See Banner.
Webster's Dictionary - Ensign
(1):
(n.) A signal displayed like a standard, to give notice.
(2):
(v. t.) To distinguish by a mark or ornament; esp. (Her.), by a crown; thus, any charge which has a crown immediately above or upon it, is said to be ensigned.
(3):
(n.) A commissioned officer of the lowest grade in the navy, corresponding to the grade of second lieutenant in the army.
(4):
(v. t.) To designate as by an ensign.
(5):
(n.) Formerly, a commissioned officer of the army who carried the ensign or flag of a company or regiment.
(6):
(n.) Sign; badge of office, rank, or power; symbol.
(7):
(n.) A flag; a banner; a standard; esp., the national flag, or a banner indicating nationality, carried by a ship or a body of soldiers; - as distinguished from flags indicating divisions of the army, rank of naval officers, or private signals, and the like.
Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types - Ensign
Isaiah 5:26 (b) This is typical of a banner at the head of victorious troops conquering the enemy. GOD does this for His people.
King James Dictionary - Ensign
EN'SIGN, n. en'sine. L. insigne, insignia, from signum, a mark impressed, a sign.
1. The flag or banner of a military band a banner of colors a standard a figured cloth or piece of silk, attached to a staff, and usually with figures, colors or arms thereon, borne by an officer at the head of a company, troop or other band. 2. Any signal to assemble or to give notice. He will lift up an ensign to the nations. Isaiah 5
Ye shall be left as an ensign on a hill. Isaiah 30
3. A badge a mark of distinction, rank or office as ensigns of power or virtue. 4. The officer who carries the flag or colors, being the lowest commissioned officer in a company of infantry. 5. Naval ensign, is a large banner hoisted on a staff and carried over the poop or stern of a ship used to distinguish ships of different nations, or to characterize different equadrons of the same navy.
Morrish Bible Dictionary - Ensign
See STANDARD.
The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Ensign
An ensign, as a banner, set up as a trophy of victory, or for a declaration of war. I should not have thought it necessary to have noticed it, but because Christ is said to be set up as an ensign to the people, and to call the nations from afar; alluding, perhaps, to both the Jewish and Gentile church. (See Isaiah 5:26; Isa 11:10-12) And the reader will forgive me when I add, that it is blessed to behold the Lord Jesus under, this figure. For He and He alone, is: the Standard-bearer among ten thousand. So hath he been in JEHOVAH'S view, from all eternity. His victories mark him in the one point, and his warfare for his church mark him for the other. So that He is the signal of war to all his redeemed, for their contests with sin, death, and hell. Oh! may the Holy Ghost lift him up to my soul continually, that the Amaleks of the day may have no momentary success, until that my God hath put out, as he hath sworn, the name of Amalek from under heaven! (Exodus 17:10-16)
See Banner
Smith's Bible Dictionary - Ensign
(nes ; in the Authorized Version generally "ensign," sometimes "standard;" degel , "standard," with the exception of ( Song of Solomon 2:4 ) "banner;" oth , "ensign"). This distinction between these three Hebrew terms is sufficiently marked by their respective uses. Nes is a signal , and not a military standard. It is an occasional signal, which was exhibited on the top of a pole from a bare mountain-top, ( Isaiah 13:2 ; 18:3 ) degel a military standard for a large division of an army; and oth the same for a small one. Neither of them, however, expresses the idea which "standard" conveys to our minds, viz. a flag. The standards in use among the Hebrews probably resembled those of the Egyptians and Assyrians --a figure or device of some kind elevated on a pole; usually a sacred emblem, such as an animal, a boat, or the king's name.

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Ensign - Ensign
Alferes - ) An Ensign; a standard bearer
Ensigncy - ) The rank or office of an Ensign
Ensignship - ) The state or rank of an Ensign
Monde - ) The world; a globe as an Ensign of royalty
Escutcheoned - ) Having an escutcheon; furnished with a coat of arms or Ensign
Regality - ) An Ensign or badge of royalty
Oriflamme - ) A standard or Ensign, in battle
Vexillary - (1):...
Of or pertaining to an Ensign or standard
Ensign - He will lift up an Ensign to the nations. Isaiah 5 ...
Ye shall be left as an Ensign on a hill. A badge a mark of distinction, rank or office as Ensigns of power or virtue. Naval Ensign, is a large banner hoisted on a staff and carried over the poop or stern of a ship used to distinguish ships of different nations, or to characterize different equadrons of the same navy
Pay Cerps - A staff corps in the United States navy, consisting of pay directors, pay inspectors, paymasters, passed assistant paymasters, and assistant paymasters, having relative rank from captain to Ensign, respectively
Tut - ) An imperial Ensign consisting of a golden globe with a cross on it
Banner - A square flag a military Ensign the principal standard of a prince or state
Beacon - to'ren) used as a standard or Ensign set on the tops of mountains as a call to the people to assemble themselves for some great national purpose (Isaiah 30:17 )
Onfanon - ) The Ensign or standard in use by certain princes or states, such as the mediaeval republics of Italy, and in more recent times by the pope
Achievement - ) An escutcheon or Ensign armorial; now generally applied to the funeral shield commonly called hatchment
Ensign - ), by a crown; thus, any charge which has a crown immediately above or upon it, is said to be Ensigned. ) To designate as by an Ensign. ) Formerly, a commissioned officer of the army who carried the Ensign or flag of a company or regiment
Ensign - (nes ; in the Authorized Version generally "ensign," sometimes "standard;" degel , "standard," with the exception of ( Song of Solomon 2:4 ) "banner;" oth , "ensign")
Black-Jack - ) The Ensign of a pirate
Beth-Haccherem - It appears to have had a commanding position for a beacon or Ensign
Ancient - ) An Ensign or flag. ) The bearer of a flag; an Ensign
Pastoral Staff - A staff used by a Bishop, as an Ensign of hisoffice, at all public Episcopal Ministrations
Ensign - An Ensign, as a banner, set up as a trophy of victory, or for a declaration of war. I should not have thought it necessary to have noticed it, but because Christ is said to be set up as an Ensign to the people, and to call the nations from afar; alluding, perhaps, to both the Jewish and Gentile church
Abomination - "Almost the entire religion of the Roman camp consisted in worshipping the Ensign, swearing by the Ensign, and in preferring the Ensign before all other gods. " These Ensigns were an "abomination" to the Jews, the "abomination of desolation
Curtain - ) A flag; an Ensign; - in contempt
Banner, Ensign, Standard - BANNER, Ensign, STANDARD . ), Assyrians, and other ancient nations, possessed military Ensigns is a safe inference from Numbers 2:2 , but not from the mention of the standard-bearer in Isaiah 10:18 AV Pavilion - The word is sometimes used for a flag, colors, Ensign or banner
Pavilion - ) A flag, colors, Ensign, or banner
Mace - ) A staff borne by, or carried before, a magistrate as an Ensign of his authority
Midshipman - ) In the United States navy, the lowest grade of officers in line of promotion, being graduates of the Naval Academy awaiting promotion to the rank of Ensign
Ensign - Each separate tribe had its own "sign" or "ensign
Cornet - In modern usage, an officer of cavalry, who bears the Ensign or colors of a troop
Oriflamme - From the time of Louis VI, however, the oriflamme of the Abbey of Saint Denis, supposedly depicting flames and gold stars on a fiery background, replaced the oriflamme of Saint Martin as Ensign of war
Standard - Each tribe had its own standard, degel, and each family its own Ensign, oth. ...
Scripture does not state the form of the standards and Ensigns
Eagle - The figure of an eagle is now and has long been a favorite military Ensign
Banner - (Compare Numbers 21:8, "a pole"; Isaiah 5:26; Isaiah 11:10, "a root of Jesse shall stand for an Ensign of the people," Isaiah 13:2; Isaiah 30:17; Isaiah 49:22; Psalms 60:4
Band - A company of soldiers the body of men united under one flag or Ensign
Union - ) A device emblematic of union, used on a national flag or Ensign, sometimes, as in the military standard of Great Britain, covering the whole field; sometimes, as in the flag of the United States, and the English naval and marine flag, occupying the upper inner corner, the rest of the flag being called the fly
Hiss - Thus the Lord saith, that he will "lift up an Ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them, that is, will call them from the end of the earth
Banner - ” A third term, “oth (“sign”),” seems related to these, as “ degel ” and “oth ” appear in the same verse (Numbers 2:2 ), “Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard (“degel”), with the Ensign (“oth”) of their father's house”
Crown - The common Ensign of royalty and of victory, 2 Chronicles 23:11 ; it is also used symbolically for honour or reward; as "a virtuous woman is a crown to her husband
Flag - , or to give or ask information; - commonly attached to a staff to be waved by the wind; a standard; a banner; an Ensign; the colors; as, the national flag; a military or a naval flag
Banner - In a figurative language, Christ is said to be an Ensign, or standard, to his people
Cap - ) One used as the mark or Ensign of some rank, office, or dignity, as that of a cardinal
Ball - A globe borne as an Ensign of authority as, to hold the ball of a kingdom
Master - Also, a commissioned officer in the navy ranking next above Ensign and below lieutenant; formerly, an officer on a man-of-war who had immediate charge, under the commander, of sailing the vessel
Banner - an Ensign, or standard, used by armies or caravans on their journeys in the eastern countries
Tail - Horse's tail, among the Tartars and Chinese, is an Ensign or flag among the Turks, a standard borne before the grand visier, bashaws and the sangiacs
Ancient - Ancient is also used for a flag or streamer, in a ship of war and for an Ensign or the bearer of a flag, as in Shakespeare
Fly - The extent of an Ensign, flag or pendant from the staff to the end that flutters loose in the wind
Wing - The extremity of a land on the world was also known by the word kânâph and is translated by “corner” in English: “And he shall set up an Ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth” ( Outcasts - In due season the Lord will take them home; for the Lord will set up an Ensign for the nations, and assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth
Almond Tree - ...
It is probable that the rods which the princes of Israel bore, were scions of the almond tree, at once the Ensign of their office, and the emblem of their vigilance
Cross - , or actually represented in some material; the symbol of Christ's death; the Ensign and chosen symbol of Christianity, of a Christian people, and of Christendom
Encampment - The "standard" (degel , a glittering emblem on a pole) marked the division or camp, the "ensign" ('ot ) the family
Cross - The Ensign of the Christian religion and hence figuratively, the religion itself
Eagle - It is remarkable that Cyrus, compared, in Isaiah 46:11 , to an eagle, (so the word translated "ravenous bird" should be rendered,) had an eagle for his Ensign according to Xenophon, who uses, without knowing it, the identical word of the prophet, with only a Greek termination to it: so exact is the correspondence between the prophet and the historian, the prediction and the event. Xenophon and other ancient historians inform us that the golden eagle with extended wings was the Ensign of the Persian monarchs long before it was adopted by the Romans: and it is very probable that the Persians borrowed the symbol from the ancient Assyrians, in whose banners it waved, till imperial Babylon bowed her head to the yoke of Cyrus
Death - The cross, which they thought was to stigmatize him with infamy, became the Ensign of his renown
Achan - Each of the twelve tribes of Israel had its own regiment, as we would say, marching and camping and entering battle under its own Ensign; and thus it was that when the armies of Israel marched round Jericho on the way to their miraculous conquest of that city the standard of the tribe of Judah led the sacred host. Had Joshua happened to post the Ensign of Judah opposite the poor men's part of the city, this sad story would never have been told
Armies - The Ensign of this name belonged to the separate classes of families
Pre-Existence of Jesus Christ - The Lord Jehovah, when he came down to visit men, carried some Ensign of divine majesty: he was surrounded with some splendid appearance
Power - The innermost instinct of empire, the white Ensign of this unique Kingdom, is the joy of harmonious relationship to the will of God
Christ - ...
The Ensign JEHOVAH hath set up to the people, Isaiah 11:10
Children of God - He was lifted up as an Ensign (Isaiah 11:10; Isaiah 11:12): when the nations see Him they know where to seek God
Millenarians - This is repeatedly promised: "The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea;" and this shall take place in that day when the Gentiles shall seek to the branch of the root of Jesse, whose rest shall be glorious, and when "the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, and shall set up an Ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah, from the four corners of the earth,"...
Isaiah 11:9-12