5316 fortress

5316 fortress

A secure dwelling-place, often a city, protected by walled defences. God is seen as the fortress of his people, their security and divine protector.

Fortresses were places of security

Jer 4:5-6 See also 1Sa 23:14; 2Sa 5:9 pp 1Ch 11:7-8; 2Sa 20:6; 2Sa 24:7; 1Ki 15:17

Examples of fortified cities

Nu 32:34-36 See also Dt 3:4-5; Jos 19:35-38; 2Sa 5:6-7 pp 1Ch 11:4-5; 1Ki 4:13; 1Ki 12:25

Fortresses were symbolic of self-reliance

Dt 28:52 See also Pr 10:15; Eze 24:21; Da 11:38-39

Fortresses cannot withstand the judgment of God

Jer 51:53 See also Isa 2:12-18; Isa 17:1-3; Isa 25:2,12; Jer 48:1; La 2:2 Judgment on Israel’s neighbours: Am 1:4,7,10,12,14; Am 2:2,5
Hos 10:13-14 punishment for Israel; Na 3:12 judgment on Nineveh

God is the secure fortress of his people

Ps 9:9 See also 2Sa 22:2-3 pp Ps 18:2; Ps 31:2-3; Ps 59:9,16-17; Ps 144:2; Pr 14:26; Isa 17:10; Isa 25:4; Na 1:7

See also

5256city
5315fortifications
5323gate
5324gatekeepers
5490refuge
5604walls
5611watchman
5942security
7240Jerusalem, history
7270Zion, as a place
7338cities of refuge
8030trust