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The English word hedge means a barrier formed by closely-planted bushes or shrubs (the other usage of hedge, as in "hedge a risk," means to play both sides of the "fence" at the same time). "Hedge" is used to translate a number of different words of the Holy Scriptures, including the Hebrew words (pronounced) sook, meaning to entwine, gaw-dare, meaning to surround, and the Greek word (pronounced) frag-moss meaning an enclosing barrier. The Bible uses "hedge" literally and figuratively.


Hedge Literal hedges were used for home security, or to keep animals and trespassers out of crops:

"There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower" (Matthew 21:33 KJV)

"Why hast thou then broken down her hedges, so that all they which pass by the way do pluck her? The boar out of the wood doth waste it, and the wild beast of the field doth devour it." (Psalm 80:12-13 KJV)

God puts a "hedge" around those who obey Him, the "hedge" largely being the natural and spiritual strengths of obeying God's Laws, all of which are based on The First Commandment, The Second Commandment, The Third Commandment, The Fourth Commandment, The Fifth Commandment, The Sixth Commandment, The Seventh Commandment, The Eighth Commandment, The Ninth Commandment and The Tenth Commandment, but when extra help is needed, God's Marines are always ready. Satan whined about God putting a hedge around His people:

"Then Satan answered The Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not Thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land." (Job 1:9-10 KJV)

The Lord also tears down the hedges of His people (see Physical and Spiritual Israel) if they become disobedient, making themselves no different than what is outside:

"And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard. What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? Wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?"

"And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down: And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it. For the vineyard of The Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry." (Isaiah 5:3-7 KJV)

Hedges, literal and figurative, were also used to keep things in, not keep things out:

"Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave? Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?" (Job 3:22-23 KJV) (see also Through The Gates Of Hell)

"He hath set me in dark places, as they that be dead of old. He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy. Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer. He hath enclosed my ways with hewn stone, he hath made my paths crooked." (Lamentations 3:6-9 KJV)

"Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths" (Hosea 2:6 KJV)

Fact Finder: In the Kingdom of God, will everyone have their own "vine and fig tree"?
Micah 4:1-4
See also Scenes From The Millennium and The Coming World Dictator

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