|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (n.) The act of watching; forbearance of sleep; vigil; wakeful, vigilant, or constantly observant attention; close observation; guard; preservative or preventive vigilance; formerly, a watching or guarding by night.
2. (n.) One who watches, or those who watch; a watchman, or a body of watchmen; a sentry; a guard.
3. (n.) The post or office of a watchman; also, the place where a watchman is posted, or where a guard is kept.
4. (n.) The period of the night during which a person does duty as a sentinel, or guard; the time from the placing of a sentinel till his relief; hence, a division of the night.
5. (n.) A small timepiece, or chronometer, to be carried about the person, the machinery of which is moved by a spring.
6. (n.) An allotted portion of time, usually four hour for standing watch, or being on deck ready for duty. Cf. Dogwatch.
7. (n.) That part, usually one half, of the officers and crew, who together attend to the working of a vessel for an allotted time, usually four hours. The watches are designated as the port watch, and the starboard watch.
8. (v. i.) To be awake; to be or continue without sleep; to wake; to keep vigil.
9. (v. i.) To be attentive or vigilant; to give heed; to be on the lookout; to keep guard; to act as sentinel.
10. (v. i.) To be expectant; to look with expectation; to wait; to seek opportunity.
11. (v. i.) To remain awake with any one as nurse or attendant; to attend on the sick during the night; as, to watch with a man in a fever.
12. (v. i.) To serve the purpose of a watchman by floating properly in its place; -- said of a buoy.
13. (v. t.) To give heed to; to observe the actions or motions of, for any purpose; to keep in view; not to lose from sight and observation; as, to watch the progress of a bill in the legislature.
14. (v. t.) To tend; to guard; to have in keeping.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ash-moreth ha-boker (Exodus 14:24 1 Samuel 11:11); in Judith 12:5 for heothine phulake; compare Sirach 55:6; 1 Maccabees 5:30): The last portion of the night.
woch ('ashmurah, 'ashmoreth; phulake): A division of the night. The night was originally divided into three watches (Judges 7:19), but later into four, as we find in the New Testament (Matthew 14:25 Mark 6:48). We do not know the limits of the watches in the first division, but the middle watch probably began two hours before midnight and ended two hours after. The fourfold division was according to the Roman system, each of which was a fourth part of the night.
"Watch" is also the guard placed on watch (mishmar, Nehemiah 4:9; koustodia, from Latin custodia, Matthew 27:65, 66; Matthew 28:11). It sometimes refers to the act of watching, as in 2 Kings 11:6, 7 (mishmereth); Luke 2:8 (phulake).
"Watch" is also used figuratively, as in Psalm 141:3 for restraint: "Set a watch, O Yahweh, before my mouth" (shomrah).
Watch (203 Occurrences)
Matthew 6:28 And why be anxious about clothing? Learn a lesson from the wild lilies. Watch their growth. They neither toil nor spin, (WEY)
Matthew 7:15 Be on the watch for false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inside they are cruel wolves. (BBE NIV)
Matthew 10:17 But be on the watch against men: for they will give you up to the Sanhedrins, and in their Synagogues they will give you blows; (BBE)
Matthew 14:25 In the fourth watch of the night, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea. (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Matthew 16:6 Jesus said to them, "Take heed and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees." (See NAS)
Matthew 24:42 Watch therefore, for you don't know in what hour your Lord comes. (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT RSV NIV)
Matthew 24:43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what watch of the night the thief was coming, he would have watched, and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT RSV NIV)
Matthew 25:13 Watch therefore, for you don't know the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT RSV NIV)
Matthew 26:38 Then he said to them, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here, and watch with me." (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Matthew 26:40 He came to the disciples, and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "What, couldn't you watch with me for one hour? (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, that you don't enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Matthew 27:36 and they sat and watched him there. (Root in WEB KJV ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Matthew 27:54 Now the centurion, and those who were with him watching Jesus, when they saw the earthquake, and the things that were done, feared exceedingly, saying, "Truly this was the Son of God." (Root in WEB KJV ASV BBE WBS YLT RSV)
Matthew 27:65 Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can. (KJV BBE DBY WBS YLT)
Matthew 27:66 So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch. (KJV BBE DBY WBS YLT)
Matthew 28:11 Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. (KJV BBE DBY WBS YLT)
Mark 6:20 for Herod was fearing John, knowing him a man righteous and holy, and was keeping watch over him, and having heard him, was doing many things, and hearing him gladly. (YLT)
Mark 6:48 Seeing them distressed in rowing, for the wind was contrary to them, about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea, and he would have passed by them, (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Mark 8:15 And he said to them, Take care to be on the watch against the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod. (BBE NAS NIV)
Mark 12:38 And in his teaching he said, Be on your watch against the scribes, whose pleasure it is to go about in long robes and be respected in the market-places, (BBE NIV)
Mark 13:9 But watch yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils. You will be beaten in synagogues. You will stand before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony to them. (WEB)
Mark 13:23 But you watch. "Behold, I have told you all things beforehand. (WEB)
Mark 13:33 Watch, keep alert, and pray; for you don't know when the time is. (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT RSV)
Mark 13:34 "It is like a man, traveling to another country, having left his house, and given authority to his servants, and to each one his work, and also commanded the doorkeeper to keep watch. (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT RSV NIV)
Mark 13:35 Watch therefore, for you don't know when the lord of the house is coming, whether at evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning; (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT RSV NIV)
Mark 13:37 What I tell you, I tell all: Watch." (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT RSV NIV)
Mark 14:34 He said to them, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here, and watch." (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Mark 14:37 He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "Simon, are you sleeping? Couldn't you watch one hour? (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Mark 14:38 Watch and pray, that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Luke 2:8 There were shepherds in the same country staying in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Luke 6:7 The scribes and the Pharisees watched him, to see whether he would heal on the Sabbath, that they might find an accusation against him. (Root in WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Luke 11:21 When the strong man armed keeps watch over his house, then his goods are safe: (BBE)
Luke 11:35 Therefore see whether the light that is in you isn't darkness. (See NAS)
Luke 12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord will find watching when he comes. Most certainly I tell you, that he will dress himself, and make them recline, and will come and serve them. (Root in WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NIV)
Luke 12:38 They will be blessed if he comes in the second or third watch, and finds them so. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Luke 12:39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what hour the thief was coming, he would have watched, and not allowed his house to be broken into. (Root in WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT)
Luke 17:20 Being asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God was coming, He answered, "The Kingdom of God does not so come that you can stealthily watch for it. (WEY)
Luke 21:8 He said, "Watch out that you don't get led astray, for many will come in my name, saying,' I am he,' and,'The time is at hand.' Therefore don't follow them. (WEB NIV)
Luke 21:36 Therefore be watchful all the time, praying that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will happen, and to stand before the Son of Man." (Root in WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT RSV NIV)
John 17:12 While I was with them, I kept them true to Thy name--the name Thou hast given me to bear--and I kept watch over them, and not one of them is lost but only he who is doomed to destruction--that the Scripture may be fulfilled. (WEY)
Acts 9:24 but their plot became known to Saul. They watched the gates both day and night that they might kill him, (Root in WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Acts 12:4 And having taken him, he put him in prison, with four bands of armed men to keep watch over him; his purpose being to take him out to the people after the Passover. (BBE)
Acts 12:6 And when Herod was about to take him out, the same night Peter was sleeping in chains between two armed men, and the watchmen were keeping watch before the door of the prison. (Root in BBE NAS)
Acts 20:31 Therefore watch, remembering that for a period of three years I didn't cease to admonish everyone night and day with tears. (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT)
Acts 22:26 When the centurion heard it, he went to the commanding officer and told him, "Watch what you are about to do, for this man is a Roman!" (WEB)
Acts 28:16 And when we came into Rome, they let Paul have a house for himself and the armed man who kept watch over him. (BBE)
Romans 16:17 But I beseech you, brethren, to keep a watch on those who are causing the divisions among you, and are leading others into sin, in defiance of the instruction which you have received; and habitually to shun them. (WEY NIV)
1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch! Stand firm in the faith! Be courageous! Be strong! (WEB KJV ASV BBE WBS YLT RSV)
2 Corinthians 11:32 In Damascus, the ruler under Aretas the king kept watch over the town of the people of Damascus, in order to take me: (BBE YLT)
Galatians 5:15 But if you bite and devour one another, be careful that you don't consume one another. (See NIV)
Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if anybody be detected in any misconduct, you who are spiritual should restore such a one in a spirit of meekness. And let each of you keep watch over himself, lest he also fall into temptation. (WEY BBE NIV)
Ephesians 5:15 Therefore watch carefully how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise; (WEB)
Ephesians 6:18 with all prayer and requests, praying at all times in the Spirit, and being watchful to this end in all perseverance and requests for all the saints: (Root in WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT)
Philippians 3:2 Be on the watch against dogs, against the workers of evil, against those of the circumcision: (BBE NIV)
Colossians 4:2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, watching therein with thanksgiving; (Root in WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT RSV NIV)
1 Thessalonians 5:6 so then let's not sleep, as the rest do, but let's watch and be sober. (WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT)
2 Timothy 4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. (KJV WBS YLT)
2 Timothy 4:15 But be on the watch for him, for he was violent in his attacks on our teaching. (BBE)
Hebrews 13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they watch on behalf of your souls, as those who will give account, that they may do this with joy, and not with groaning, for that would be unprofitable for you. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
1 Peter 1:13 So make your minds ready, and keep on the watch, hoping with all your power for the grace which is to come to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; (BBE)
1 Peter 2:25 Because, like sheep, you had gone out of the way; but now you have come back to him who keeps watch over your souls. (BBE)
1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. (KJV BBE DBY WBS YLT)
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (Root in WEB ASV BBE DBY RSV)
2 John 1:8 Watch yourselves, that we don't lose the things which we have accomplished, but that we receive a full reward. (WEB BBE NAS NIV)
Revelation 3:2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. (Root in KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT)
Revelation 3:3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If therefore you won't watch, I will come as a thief, and you won't know what hour I will come upon you. (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT)
Genesis 21:16 She went and sat down opposite him, a good way off, about a bow shot away. For she said, "Don't let me see the death of the child." She sat over against him, and lifted up her voice, and wept. (See NIV)
Genesis 28:20 Jacob vowed a vow, saying, "If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and clothing to put on, (See NIV)
Genesis 30:31 And he saith, 'What do I give to thee?' And Jacob saith, 'Thou dost not give me anything; if thou do for me this thing, I turn back; I have delight; thy flock I watch; (YLT NIV)
Genesis 31:49 and Mizpah, for he said, "Yahweh watch between me and you, when we are absent one from another. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 37:12 Now his brothers went to keep watch over their father's flock in Shechem. (BBE)
Exodus 14:24 It happened in the morning watch, that Yahweh looked out on the Egyptian army through the pillar of fire and of cloud, and confused the Egyptian army. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Exodus 21:29 and if the ox is 'one' accustomed to gore heretofore, and it hath been testified to its owner, and he doth not watch it, and it hath put to death a man or woman, the ox is stoned, and its owner also is put to death. (YLT)
Exodus 21:36 or, it hath been known that the ox is 'one' accustomed to gore heretofore, and its owner doth not watch it, he certainly repayeth ox for ox, and the dead is his. (YLT)
Exodus 34:12 Be careful, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it be for a snare in the midst of you: (See NAS)
Leviticus 8:35 And you are to keep watch for the Lord at the door of the Tent of meeting day and night for seven days, so that death may not come to you: for so he has given me orders. (BBE)
Leviticus 19:18 Thou dost not take vengeance, nor watch the sons of thy people; and thou hast had love to thy neighbour as thyself; I 'am' Jehovah. (YLT)
Deuteronomy 4:9 Only take care, and keep watch on your soul, for fear that the things which your eyes have seen go from your memory and from your heart all the days of your life; but let the knowledge of them be given to your children and to your children's children; (BBE YLT NIV)
Deuteronomy 4:15 So keep watch on yourselves with care; for you saw no form of any sort on the day when the voice of the Lord came to you in Horeb out of the heart of the fire: (BBE YLT NAS NIV)
Deuteronomy 4:23 Take heed to yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of Yahweh your God, which he made with you, and make you an engraved image in the form of anything which Yahweh your God has forbidden you. (See NAS)
Deuteronomy 6:12 then beware lest you forget Yahweh, who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. (See NAS)
Deuteronomy 24:8 Take heed, in the plague of leprosy, to watch greatly, and to do according to all that the priests, the Levites, teach you; as I have commanded them ye observe to do; (YLT)
Joshua 10:18 And Joshua said, Let great stones be rolled against the mouth of the hole, and let men keep watch by it: (BBE YLT)
Joshua 23:11 So keep watch on yourselves, and see that you have love for the Lord your God. (BBE YLT)
Judges 7:17 He said to them, "Watch me, and do likewise. Behold, when I come to the outermost part of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so you shall do. (WEB NIV)
Judges 7:19 So Gideon, and the hundred men who were with him, came to the outermost part of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch, when they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and broke in pieces the pitchers that were in their hands. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Judges 9:32 So now, get up by night, you and your people, and keep watch in the field secretly; (BBE)
Judges 21:21 And watching; and if the daughters of Shiloh come out to take part in the dances, then come from the vine-gardens and take a wife for every one of you from among the daughters of Shiloh, and go back to the land of Benjamin. (Root in BBE DBY NAS RSV NIV)
1 Samuel 6:9 Behold; if it goes up by the way of its own border to Beth Shemesh, then he has done us this great evil: but if not, then we shall know that it is not his hand that struck us; it was a chance that happened to us." (See NAS RSV NIV)
1 Samuel 11:11 It was so on the next day, that Saul put the people in three companies; and they came into the midst of the camp in the morning watch, and struck the Ammonites until the heat of the day: and it happened, that those who remained were scattered, so that no two of them were left together. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
1 Samuel 19:11 Saul sent messengers to David's house, to watch him, and to kill him in the morning. Michal, David's wife, told him, saying, "If you don't save your life tonight, tomorrow you will be killed." (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
1 Samuel 22:13 And Saul said to him, Why have you made designs against me with the son of Jesse, giving him food and a sword and getting directions from the Lord for him, and helping him to take up arms against me, and to be on the watch to make a secret attack on me as he is doing now? (BBE)
1 Samuel 25:13 And David said to his men, Put on your swords, every one of you. And every man put on his sword; and David did the same; and about four hundred men went up with David, and two hundred kept watch over their goods. (BBE)
1 Samuel 26:15 David said to Abner, "Aren't you a man? Who is like you in Israel? Why then have you not kept watch over your lord, the king? For one of the people came in to destroy the king your lord. (WEB JPS ASV BBE YLT RSV)
1 Samuel 26:16 This thing isn't good that you have done. As Yahweh lives, you are worthy to die, because you have not kept watch over your lord, Yahweh's anointed. Now see where the king's spear is, and the jar of water that was at his head." (WEB JPS ASV BBE YLT RSV)
2 Samuel 11:16 It happened, when Joab kept watch on the city, that he assigned Uriah to the place where he knew that valiant men were. (WEB JPS ASV BBE DBY YLT NAS)
2 Samuel 13:5 Jonadab said to him, "Lay down on your bed, and pretend to be sick. When your father comes to see you, tell him,'Please let my sister Tamar come and give me bread to eat, and dress the food in my sight, that I may see it, and eat it from her hand.'" (See NIV)
2 Samuel 13:34 But Absalom fled. The young man who kept the watch lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold, many people were coming by way of the hillside behind him. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
1 Kings 2:4 That Yahweh may establish his word which he spoke concerning me, saying,'If your children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail you,' he said,'a man on the throne of Israel.' (See NIV)
1 Kings 8:25 And now, Jehovah, God of Israel, keep for Thy servant David my father that which Thou spakest to him, saying, There is not cut off to thee a man from before Me, sitting on the throne of Israel -- only, if thy sons watch their way, to walk before Me as thou hast walked before Me. (YLT)