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do'-ter (bath; thugater): Used in Scriptures in several more or less distinct senses: (a) for daughter in the ordinary, literal sense (Gen 46:25; Ex 1:16); (b) daughter-in-law (Ruth 2:2); (c) grand-daughter or other female descendant (Ex 21; Lk 1:5; 13:16); (d) the women of a country, or of a place, taken collectively (Lk 23:28), of a particular religion (Mal 2:11); (e) all the population of a place, taken collectively, especially in Prophets and poetic books (Ps 9:14; Isa 23:10; Jer 46:24; Mt 21:5); (f) used in familiar address, "Daughter, be of good comfort" (Mt 9:22 the King James Version; Mk 5:34; Lk 8:48); (g) women in general (Prov 31:29); (h) the personification of towns or cities, as of the female sex (Isa 47:1; Ezek 16:44,46; compare Nah 3:4,7), especially of dependent towns and villages (Ps 48:11; Nu 21:25 margin; Jdg 1:27 margin); (i) in Hebrew idiom for person or thing belonging to or having the characteristics of that with which it is joined, as "daughter of ninety years," of Sarah, ninety years old (Gen 17:17); "daughters of music," singing birds, or singing women (Eccl 12:4); daughters of a tree, i.e. branches; daughter of the eye, i.e. the pupil.
Daughters were not so highly prized as sons, not being usually mentioned by name. A father might sometimes sell his daughter as bondwoman (Ex 21:7); though not to a foreigner (Ex 21:8); daughters might sometimes inherit as did sons, but could not take the inheritance outside of the tribe (Nu 36:1-12).
Edward Bagby Pollard
Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Definition for 'daughter'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". - ISBE; 1915.

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