For He strengthens the bars of your gates
and blesses your children within you.
May the bolts of your gate be iron and bronze,
and your strength last as long as you live.
Ehud escaped by way of the porch, closing and locking the doors of the upstairs room behind him.
2 Samuel 13:17
Instead, he called to the servant who waited on him: “Throw this woman out and bolt the door behind her!”
2 Samuel 13:18
Amnon’s servant threw her out and bolted the door behind her. Now Tamar was wearing a long-sleeved garment, because this is what the king’s virgin daughters wore.
“We found the jail securely locked, with the guards standing in front of the doors, but when we opened them, we found no one inside!”
The cities of the Negev are under siege;
no one can help them.
All of Judah has been taken into exile,
taken completely into exile.
Song of Solomon 4:12
My sister, my bride, you are a locked garden—
a locked garden and a sealed spring.
An offended brother is harder to reach
than a fortified city,
and quarrels are like the bars of a fortress.
A sword will whirl through his cities;
it will destroy and devour the bars of his gates,
because of their schemes.
I will break down the gates of Damascus.
I will cut off the ruler from the Valley of Aven,
and the one who wields the scepter from Beth-eden.
The people of Aram will be exiled to Kir.
The Lord has spoken.
But Samson stayed in bed until midnight when he got up, took hold of the doors of the city gate along with the two gateposts, and pulled them out, bar and all. He put them on his shoulders and took them to the top of the mountain overlooking Hebron.
Look, your troops are like women among you;
the gates of your land
are wide open to your enemies.
Fire will devour the bars of your gates.