Bed. [N] [E]

The Jewish bed consisted of the mattress, a mere mat, or one or more quilts; the covering, a finer quilt, or sometimes the outer garment worn by day, ( 1 Samuel 19:13 ) which the law provided should not be kept in pledge after sunset, that the poor man might not lack his needful covering, ( 24:13 ) the pillow, ( 1 Samuel 19:13 ) probably formed of sheeps fleece or goats skin with a stuffing of cotton, etc.; the bedstead, a divan or bench along the side or end of the room, sufficing at a support for the bedding. Besides we have bedsteads made of ivory, wood, etc. referred to in ( 3:11 ; Amos 6:4 ) The ornamental portions were pillars and a canopy, Judith 13:9, ivory carvings, gold and silver, and probably mosaic work, purple and fine linen. ( Esther 1:6 ; Song of Solomon 3:9 Song of Solomon 3:10 ) The ordinary furniture of a bedchamber in private life is given in ( 2 Kings 4:10 )

[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary

Bibliography Information

Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Bed'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.