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Bible Usage:


  • Included in Eastons: Yes
  • Included in Hitchcocks: No
  • Included in Naves: No
  • Included in Smiths: Yes
  • Included in Websters: Yes
  • Included in Strongs: Yes
  • Included in Thayers: Yes
  • Included in BDB: Yes

Strongs Concordance:


Easton's Bible Dictionary

A gate-keeper (2 Samuel 18:26; 2 Kings 7:10; 1 Chronicles 9:21; 2 Chronicles 8:14). Of the Levites, 4,000 were appointed as porters by David (1 Chronicles 23:5), who were arranged according to their families (26:1-19) to take charge of the doors and gates of the temple. They were sometimes employed as musicians (1 Chronicles 15:18).

Smith's Bible Dictionary

This word when used in the Authorized Version does not bear its modern signification of a carrier of burdens, but denotes in every case a gate-keeper, from the Latin portarius , the man who attended to the porta or gate.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PORTER, noun [Latin porta, a gate.]

1. A man that has the charge of a door or gate; a door-keeper.

2. One that waits at the door to receive messages.

3. [Latin porto.] A carrier; a person who carries or conveys burdens for hire.

4. A malt liquor which differs from ale and pale beer, in being made with high dried malt.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PORTERAGE, noun Money charged or paid for the carriage of burdens by a porter.

1. The business of a porter or door-keeper.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PORTERESS, noun [from porter.] A female guardian of a gate.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PORTERLY, adjective Coarse; vulgar. [Little used.]

Naves Topical Index

Guards at the city gates, the doors of the king's palace, and doors of the temple
1 Chronicles 9:17-32; 2 Chronicles 34:13; 2 Chronicles 35:15

Lodged round about the temple in order to be present for opening the doors
1 Chronicles 9:27

One-third were porters of the temple
2 Chronicles 23:4

One-third were porters of the king's house
2 Chronicles 23:5

One-third were porters of the Gate of the Foundation
2 Chronicles 23:5

They served, also, as porters of the gates of the walls
Nehemiah 12:25

They served in twenty-four courses
1 Chronicles 26:13-19

Their posts were determined by lot
1 Chronicles 24:31; 1 Chronicles 26:13-19