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tower ~ (A) ~ a high building.
tower ~ (B) ~ (1) At the time of the Bible, cities had walls. These walls defended the cities from enemies and criminals. Guards called watchmen would stay awake by night. They would lock the city gates at nightfall. There would be towers along the wall. The towers were strong buildings that were slightly higher than the wall. The guards could see from the towers whether anyone was near the city. (2) A building in a vineyard (Isaiah 5:2). The farmer would use this building to watch for any animals that might eat the harvest. Then he could scare them away. (3) The Tower of Babel, which was a very tall building. See Genesis 11:1-9.
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