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Host

Host

an entertainer ( Romans 16:23 ); a tavern-keeper, the keeper of a caravansary ( Luke 10:35 ).

In warfare, a troop or military force. This consisted at first only of infantry. Solomon afterwards added cavalry ( 1 Kings 4:26 ; 10:26 ). Every male Israelite from twenty to fifty years of age was bound by the law to bear arms when necessary ( Numbers 1:3 ; 26:2 ; 2 Chr 25:5 ).

Saul was the first to form a standing army ( 1 Samuel 13:2 ; 24:2 ). This example was followed by David ( 1 Chronicles 27:1 ), and Solomon ( 1 Kings 4:26 ), and by the kings of Israel and Judah ( 2 Chronicles 17:14 ; 26:11 ; 2 Kings 11:4 , etc.).

These dictionary topics are from
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

Bibliography Information

Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Host". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .