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Bosom [EBD]

In the East objects are carried in the bosom which Europeans carry in the pocket. To have in one's bosom indicates kindness, secrecy, or intimacy (Gen. 16:5; 2 Sam. 12:8). Christ is said to have been in "the bosom of the Father," i.e., he had the most perfect knowledge of the Father, had the closest intimacy with him (John 1:18). John (13:23) was "leaning on Jesus' bosom" at the last supper. Our Lord carries his lambs in his bosom, i.e., has a tender, watchful care over them (Isa. 40:11).

BOSOM [ISBE]

BOSOM - booz'-um: In the ordinary signification of the anterior upper portion of the trunk of the body, choq or cheq, "inlet, "lap" (Ex 4:6,7; Nu 11:12; Dt 13:6; 28:54,56; Ruth 4:16; Ps 74:11; Isa 65:6,7; Lam 2:12). "A present in the bosom" (Prov 21:14): bribes carried ready for use in the fold of the robe. chetsen = "bosom" (with special reference to that portion of the body which is between the arms), occurs in Ps 129:7; chobh = "a cherisher," hence, "the bosom" (Job 31:33); tsallachath = something advanced or deep, "a bowl"; figurative "the bosom" (Prov 19:24 the King James Version; Prov 26:15 the King James Version). The Greek employs kolpos (Lk 6:38; Jn 13:23). For Abraham's bosom, see separate article.

Figurative: In a figurative sense it denotes intimacy and unrestrained intercourse (Gen 16:5; 2 Sam 12:8); tender care and watchfulness (Isa 40:11); closest intimacy and most perfect knowledge (Jn 1:18); "into their bosom" (Ps 79:12) indicates the bosom as the seat of thought and reflection.

F. E. Hirsch


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