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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Bosom (חֵיק‎, cheiq; חֵצֶן‎, chetsen; חֹב‎, chov; κόλπος, kolpos). A person’s chest, probably the lower chest (Num 11:12; Deut 28:54–56; Ruth 4:16; Psa 74:11). Figuratively it symbolizes intimacy, care, and possibly thoughtfulness and reflection (Gen 16:5; 2 Sam 12:8; Isa 40:11; Psa 79:12; John 1:18).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Bosom [Heb. ḥêq]; AV also ARMS (Isa. 49:22); NEB also “the fold of your cloak,” LAP (Ruth 4:16), ARMS, HEART, etc.; [ḥôḇ] (Job 31:33); NEB “to myself”; [ḥēṣen] (Ps. 129:7); NEB “armful”; [daḏ] (Ezk. 23:3, 8, 21); AV BREASTS, TEATS; [šālôm] (Ps. 41:9); AV FAMILIAR; [Gk. kólpos] (Lk. 16:22f;
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
BOSOM1. Bosom refers to the human breast both literally and figuratively in Scripture. One holds a child or clasps a loved one to one’s bosom (Num 11:12; Ruth 4:16; 1 Kgs 3:20). The bosom is also the place of affection and love, the inner self (Deut 13:6; Ps 89:50; Prov 6:27). It describes the place
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
BosomThe word “bosom” is used in reference to both God and humankind, male and female. The bosom in its metaphorical and literal usages is the location of both intimacy and vulnerability.In the OT and NT the bosom is foremost an intimate place. It is a source of nurture for a suckling child (Ruth 4:16),
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Bosom. Heb. ḥêq refers to the “under, outer front of [the] human body, where beloved ones, infants [and] animals are pressed” (KoB, p. 296) and to the folds above the belt in the drawn-up upper garment, where money (Prov. 17:23 [NIV “in secret”; JB “under cover of the cloak”]; 21:24 [NIV
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
BOSOM.1. The bunchy fold of the dress in front of the breast, into which idlers thrust the hand (Ps. 74:11); also used as a pocket or bag in which bread, grain, and other kinds of food were carried (Hag. 2:12; Luke 6:38, KJV; NASB, NIV, “lap”; Gk. kolpos). Shepherds thus carried lambs (Isa. 40:11).
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
BosomIn 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
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
BOSOM — another word for the chest of the human body, usually used symbolically in the Bible to suggest closeness or intimacy. Receiving something into the bosom means accepting it completely (Is. 40:11). The word “bosom” may also imply a person’s inner thoughts (Ps. 35:13, KJV; heart, NKJV). “Abraham’s
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BOSOM<booz’-um>: In the ordinary signification of the anterior upper portion of the trunk of the body, חוֹק‎ [choq] or חֵיק‎ [cheq], “inlet, “lap” (Exodus 4:6, 7; Numbers 11:12; Deuteronomy 13:6; 28:54, 56; Ruth 4:16; Psalm 74:11; Isaiah 65:6, 7; Lamentations 2:12). “A present
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Bosʹom. It is usual with the Western Asiatics to carry various sorts of things in the bosom of their dress, which, from its loose construction around the neck, is both convenient and easy. In allusion to this Christ is beautifully represented as carrying the lambs in his bosom (Isa. 40:11). To be pressed
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
BOSOM occurs 5 times in EV of the Gospels (Lk 6:38, 16:22, 23, Jn 1:18, 13:23), representing in each case the Gr. κόλπος, the word which in LXX regularly corresponds to חִיק of the Heb. text and ‘bosom’ of the EV. κόλπος is found only once more in NT, viz., in Ac 27:39, where it has the secondary sense
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
bosom. This English term is used by the KJV and other translations primarily as a rendering of Hebrew ḥêq H2668 (e.g., Gen. 23:17; NIV, “arms”) and Greek kolpos G3146 (e.g., Lk. 6:38; NIV, “lap”). Bosom is not an anatomical term, but refers to an area or an enclosure formed by the chest and the arms