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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
Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Definition for 'bosom'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". bible-history.com - ISBE; 1915.

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