ARMORY. Three Hebrew words: ‘ôtsār (Jer.50.25), figurative for the “Lord’s means of judgment” rendered also “treasury,” “store house”; nesheq (Neh.3.19), “storehouse for valuables and arms”; talpîyôth (Song.4.4), used figuratively for “beauty.”

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)


(1) (’otsar; thesauros): A storehouse (1Ki 7:51; Ne 10:38), but employed figuratively of the stored-up anger of Yahweh which breaks forth in judgments (Jer 50:25).

(2) (nesheq): Identical with Solomon’s "house of the forest of Lebanon," the arsenal close to the temple (1Ki 10:17; Ne 3:19; Isa 22:8), in which were stored the shields and targets of beaten gold.

(3) (talpiyoth): A puzzling word rendered "armory" in our versions (So 4:4)-- "the tower of David builded for an armory, whereon there hang a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty men." the Revised Version margin renders "builded with turrets."

T. Nicol.