Easton's Bible Dictionary (1897)/Bridle
- Bridle Three Hebrew words are thus rendered in the Authorized Version. (1.) Heb.@mahsom' signifies a muzzle or halter or bridle, by which the rider governs his horse (Ps. 39:1).
(2.) Me'theg, rendered also "bit" in Ps. 32:9, which is its proper meaning. Found in 2 Kings 19:28, where the restraints of God's providence are metaphorically styled his "bridle" and "hook." God's placing a "bridle in the jaws of the people" (Isa. 30:28; 37:29) signifies his preventing the Assyrians from carrying out their purpose against Jerusalem.