Monument is the incorrect rendering in Isa 65:4 for נָצוּר, nzatsur', a guarded place (" hidden thing," as in Isa 48:6; elsewhere "besieged," etc.), such as caves (so the Sept. σπήλαιον), or the adyta or shrines of heathen temples (so the Vulg. delubra), as places of idolatrous or illicit devotion. It was anciently a practice in most nations for persons to resort to the sepulchres for the purpose of magic or necromancy, and this still holds its ground in India and other Oriental countries. SEE SUPERSTITION.
In the Apocrypha, "monument" is the correct rendering in Wisd. 10:7 for μνημεῖον, but inexactly in 1 Macc. 13:27 for ᾠκοδόμησε, and in 2 Macc. 15:6 for τρόπαιον. SEE TOMB.
For the monuments of Egypt and Assyria, see those countries respectively.