Beds in Smiths Bible Dictionary

The Jewish bed consisted of the mattress, a mere mat, or one or more quilts; the covering, a finer quilt, or sometimes the outer garment worn by day, 1Sa 19:13 which the law provided should not be kept in pledge after sunset, that the poor man might not lack his needful covering, De 24:13 the pillow, 1Sa 19:13 probably formed of sheep's fleece or goat's skin with a stuffing of cotton, etc.; the bedstead, a divan or bench along the side or end of the room, sufficing at a support for the bedding. Besides we have bedsteads made of ivory, wood, etc. referred to in De 3:11; Am 6:4 The ornamental portions were pillars and a canopy, Judith 13:9, ivory carvings, gold and silver, and probably mosaic work, purple and fine linen. Es 1:6; So 3:9,10 The ordinary furniture of a bedchamber in private life is given in 2Ki 4:10

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