KEEPER, KEEPERS. The rendering of a number of Heb. and Gr. words:
1. נָטַר, H5757, to keep, watch guard, used in Song of Solomon,
2. נָצַר, H5915, to watch, guard, keep (a vineyard). Job says (27:17) that the house which a wicked man builds is like “a booth which a watchman (KJV keeper) makes,” the reference being to a temporary shelter constructed in a vineyard in which a watchman could look out for thieves during the time of harvest.
3. רֹ֣עֵה, shepherd, herdsman; used in
4. שַׂר, H8569, captain, chief; used of the keeper of the prison in which Joseph was kept (
6. Νεωκόρος, temple-sweeper. In the NT (RSV) “keeper” appears only in
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
kep’-er, (mostly from shamar; phulax): The word is used of keepers of sheep, vineyards, doors, prisons (in