Easton’s Bible Dictionary

  1. Heb. 'asar, "to bind;" hence the act of fastening animals to a cart (1 Samuel 6:7,10; Jeremiah 46:4, etc.).
  2. An Old English word for "armour;" Heb. neshek (2 Chronicles 9:24).
  3. Heb. shiryan, a coat of mail (1 Kings 22:34; 2 Chronicles 18:33; rendered "breastplate" in Isaiah 59:17).
  4. The children of Israel passed out of Egypt "harnessed" (Exodus 13:18), i.e., in an orderly manner, and as if to meet a foe. The word so rendered is probably a derivative from Hebrew hamesh (i.e., "five"), and may denote that they went up in five divisions, viz., the van, centre, two wings, and rear-guard.