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bel´i : גּחון , gāḥōn = "the external abdomen" (Genesis 3:14; Leviticus 11:42 ). קבה , ḳōbhāh = "the abdominal cavity" (Numbers 25:8 the American Standard Revised Version "body"). בּטן , beṭen = "the internal abdomen," "the womb" (1 Kings 7:20; Job 15:2 , Job 15:35 the King James Version; Job 20:15 , Job 20:23; Job 40:16; Psalm 17:1-15 , Psalm 14:1-7; Proverbs 13:25; Proverbs 18:20; Jeremiah 1:5; Ezekiel 3:3 ); also figuratively "the internal regions," "the body of anything" (Jonah 2:2 ). מעה , mē‛eh = "intestines," "abdomen" (Daniel 2:32; Jonah 1:17; Jonah 2:1 , Jonah 2:2 ). In the New Testament κοιλία , koilı́a = "a cavity," espec ially the abdominal (Matthew 12:40; Matthew 15:17; Mark 7:19 ); the seat of appetite and of the carnal affections (Romans 16:18; 1 Corinthians 6:13; Philippians 3:19; Revelation 10:9 , Revelation 10:10 ); the innermost of the soul (the American Revised Version, margin John 7:38 ).

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Belly'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. 1915.

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