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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Birth

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As soon as a child was born it was washed, and rubbed with salt (Ezekiel 16:4 ), and then swathed with bandages (Job 38:9 ; Luke 2:7,12 ). A Hebrew mother remained forty days in seclusion after the birth of a son, and after the birth of a daughter double that number of days. At the close of that period she entered into the tabernacle or temple and offered up a sacrifice of purification (Leviticus 12:1-8 ; Luke 2:22 ). A son was circumcised on the eighth day after his birth, being thereby consecrated to God (Genesis 17:10-12 ; Compare Romans 4:11 ). Seasons of misfortune are likened to the pains of a woman in travail, and seasons of prosperity to the joy that succeeds child-birth (Isaiah 13:8 ; Jeremiah 4:31 ; John 16:21,22 ). The natural birth is referred to as the emblem of the new birth (John 3:3-8 ; Galatians 6:15 ; Titus 3:5 , etc.).


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These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.

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Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Birth'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ebd/b/birth.html. 1897.

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Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
the Week of Proper 15 / Ordinary 20
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