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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.] [1913 Webster] They shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: . . . and curse their king and their God. --Is. viii. 21. [1913 Webster] Many far worse bestead than ourselves. --Barrow. [1913 Webster] 2. To put in peril; to beset. Note: [Only in p. p.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 3. To serve; to assist; to profit; to avail. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Bestead the rendering in Isa. 8:21, where alone it occurs, of a Hebrew word meaning to oppress, or be in circumstances of hardship.