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Gate

Seven different types of gates are mentioned in the Bible…

  1. Of cities, as of Jerusalem (Jeremiah 37:13; Neh. 1:3; 2:3; 3:3), of Sodom (Genesis 19:1), of Gaza (Judges 16:3).

  2. Of royal palaces (Neh. 2:8).

  3. Of the temple of Solomon (1 Kings 6:34, 35; 2 Kings 18:16); of the holy place (1 Kings 6:31, 32; Ezek. 41:23, 24); of the outer courts of the temple, the beautiful gate (Acts 3:2).

  4. Tombs (Matthew 27:60).

  5. Prisons (Acts 12:10; 16:27).

  6. Caverns (1 Kings 19:13).

  7. Camps (Exodus 32:26, 27; Hebrews 13:12).

The materials of which gates were made were…

  1. Iron and brass (Psalms 107:16; Isaiah 45:2; Acts 12:10).

  2. Stones and pearls (Isaiah 54:12; Rev. 21:21).

  3. Wood (Judges 16:3) probably.

At the gates of cities courts of justice were frequently held, and hence “judges of the gate” are spoken of (Deuteronomy 16:18; 17:8; 21:19; 25:6, 7, etc.). At the gates prophets also frequently delivered their messages (Proverbs 1:21; 8:3; Isaiah 29:21; Jeremiah 17:19, 20; 26:10). Criminals were punished without the gates (1 Kings 21:13; Acts 7:59).

By the “gates of righteousness” we are probably to understand those of the temple (Psalms 118:19).

“The gates of hell” (Revised Version, “gates of Hades”) Matthew 16:18, are generally interpreted as meaning the power of Satan, but probably they may mean the power of death, denoting that the Church of Christ shall never die.

Biblical Gates

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