Friend of the Bridegroom
Children of the Bridechamber • Sons of the Bride-Chamber
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Bride Chamber, Children of the
Bride Chamber, Children of the In Mt. 9:15 par the AV rendering of Gk. huioí toú nymphó̄nos. A nymphó̄n is a room where a wedding takes place, and the “sons” of the nymphó̄n are the “wedding guests” (so RSV), or more correctly the “bridegroom’s friends” (so NEB; Bauer, p. 547), who took part in
Bridegroom, Friend of the
Bridegroom, Friend of the [Gk. phílos toú nymphíou] (Jn. 3:29; cf. Jgs. 14:20, AV; 1 Macc. 9:34). The “best man” in the Eastern wedding ceremony, who also was active in arranging the marriage.
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Friend of the Bridegroom
FRIEND OF THE BRIDEGROOM. The Heb. words rēa‘, rē‘eh and mērēa‘, though often meaning ‘friend’ in general, sometimes have the special meaning of ‘friend of the bridegroom’, ‘best man’. The ancient versions sometimes show this special meaning. In the case of an abortive marriage Mesopotamian law forbade
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Bridegroom, Friend of the
BRIDEGROOM, FRIEND OF THE — the “best man” in the wedding ceremony of the ancient world. He was the one who assisted in planning the marriage. In John 3:29, the reference is to John the Baptist (the “bridegroom” being Jesus).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BRIDE-CHAMBER, SONS (CHILDREN) OF THE([οἱ υἱοὶ του̂ νυμφω̂νος, hoi huioi tou numphonos]): These were friends or companions of the bridegroom and were usually very numerous (Matthew 9:15; Mark 2:19; Luke 5:34). Any wedding guest might be included in the expression, or anyone who took part in
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Children of the Bridechamber
children of the bridechamber. A phrase used by the KJV to render a Greek expression that refers to the bridegrrom’s attendants (Matt. 9:15; Mk. 2:19; Lk. 5:34). The NRSV renders it “wedding guests”; NIV, “guests of the bridegroom.”
Key passages
Jdg 14:20

And Samson’s wife was given to his companion who was his best man.

Jn 3:29

The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. But the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine is complete.