Three Hebrew words are thus rendered in the Authorized Version. Heb. mahsom' signifies a muzzle or halter or bridle, by which the rider governs his horse (Ps.39:1).
Me'theg , rendered also "bit" in Psalms 32:9 , which is its proper meaning. Found in 2 Kings 19:28 , where the restraints of God's providence are metaphorically styled his "bridle" and "hook." God's placing a "bridle in the jaws of the people" ( Isaiah 30:28 ; 37:29 ) signifies his preventing the Assyrians from carrying out their purpose against Jerusalem.
Another word, re'sen , was employed to represent a halter or bridle-rein, as used Psalms 32:9 ; Isaiah 30:28 . In Job 30:11 the restraints of law and humanity are called a bridle.
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M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.
[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Bridle". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .