The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bestead \Be*stead"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bestead or Bested,
also (Obs.) Bestad. In sense 3 imp. also Besteaded.]
[Pref. be- + stead a place.]
1. To put in a certain situation or condition; to
circumstance; to place. [Only in p. p.]
They shall pass through it, hardly bestead and
hungry: . . . and curse their king and their God.
Many far worse bestead than ourselves. --Barrow.
2. To put in peril; to beset.
Note: [Only in p. p.] --Chaucer.
3. To serve; to assist; to profit; to avail. --Milton.
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
the rendering in Isa. 8:21, where alone it occurs, of a Hebrew
word meaning to oppress, or be in circumstances of hardship.