On a woman, the bosom; on a man the upper part of the chest. Female breasts are primarily referred to as a means of feeding young and as a figurative description of Israel and God as nursing mothers. Beating of the breast is a sign of remorse. The breast is protected in physical and spiritual warfare.
Nursing mothers and their children experience acute distressLk 23:29See alsoJob 24:9; Mt 24:19 pp Mk 13:17 pp Lk 21:23 The implication is that children nursing at their mothers’breasts are completely vulnerable and defenceless.
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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