Three types of cottages referred to in the Bible.

  1. a booth in a vineyard (Isaiah 1:8); a temporary shed covered with leaves or straw to shelter the watchman that kept the garden

    These were slight fabrics, and were removed when no longer needed, or were left to be blown down in winter (Job 27:18).

  2. A lodging-place (rendered “lodge” in Isaiah 1:8); a slighter structure than the “booth,” as the cucumber patch is more temporary than a vineyard (Isaiah 24:20)

    It denotes a frail structure of boughs supported on a few poles, which is still in use in the East, or a hammock suspended between trees, in which the watchman was accustomed to sleep during summer.

  3. In Zeph. 2:6, it is the rendering of the Hebrew keroth, which some suppose to denote rather “pits” (Revised King James Version marginal note, “caves”) or “wells of water,” such as shepherds would sink.

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