|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (v.) To besiege on all sides.
2. (v. t.) To set or stud (anything) with ornaments or prominent objects.
3. (v. t.) To hem in; to waylay; to surround; to besiege; to blockade.
4. (v. t.) To set upon on all sides; to perplex; to harass; -- said of dangers, obstacles, etc.
5. (v. t.) To occupy; to employ; to use up.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
be-set' (euperistatos): The most common sense of this word is "to surround." This is the thought in Psalm 139:5, and teaches the omnipresence of God. Often wicked men find that the things which they have done so envelope them that they cannot escape ruin (Hosea 7:2). The reference in Hebrews 12:1 is first of all against the sin of apostasy against which repeated warning is given in this book. But the warning is also against any sin that is especially dangerous to us. It, again and again, surrounds us like a besieging army. To surrender would be traitorous and disgraceful, since the Captain of the Lord's host is with us.
Jacob W. Kapp
Beset (16 Occurrences)
Mark 3:10 For he healed many, so that they beset him that they might touch him, as many as had plagues. (DBY)
Luke 6:18 and those that were beset by unclean spirits were healed. (DBY)
Acts 5:16 And the multitude also of the cities round about came together to Jerusalem, bringing sick persons and persons beset by unclean spirits, who were all healed. (DBY)
Acts 17:5 But the Jews having been stirred up to jealousy, and taken to themselves certain wicked men of the lowest rabble, and having got a crowd together, set the city in confusion; and having beset the house of Jason sought to bring them out to the people; (DBY)
Hebrews 5:2 and must be one who is able to bear patiently with the ignorant and erring, because he himself also is beset with infirmity. (WEY NAS RSV)
Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, (KJV ASV WBS YLT)
Judges 19:22 Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him. (KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS RSV)
Judges 20:5 And the men of Gibeah rose against me, and beset the house round about upon me by night, and thought to have slain me: and my concubine have they forced, that she is dead. (KJV JPS ASV DBY RSV)
Psalms 22:12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. (KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)
Psalms 31:21 Praise be to Yahweh, for he has shown me his marvelous loving kindness in a strong city. (See RSV)
Psalms 41:8 "An evil disease," they say, "has afflicted him. Now that he lies he shall rise up no more." (See NIV)
Psalms 55:5 Fearfulness and trembling have come on me. Horror has overwhelmed me. (See NIV)
Psalms 109:3 They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause. (See RSV)
Psalms 139:5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. (KJV ASV DBY WBS RSV)
Hosea 7:2 And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness: now their own doings have beset them about; they are before my face. (KJV JPS ASV WBS)
Habakkuk 1:4 Therefore the law is slacked, and justice doth never go forth; for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore justice goeth forth perverted. (See JPS)