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Holman Bible Dictionary
(1) a loose panel or hanging flap in a garment; (2) the skirt of a robe; (3) the front part of the lower trunk and the upper part of the thighs of a seated person. 2 Kings 4:39
uses lap in sense 1. This sense is also common in figurative passages concerning reward and retribution ( Isaiah 65:6-7
; Jeremiah 32:18
, NIV, NRSV). Sense 2 is perhaps intended at Nehemiah 5:13
, though sense 1 is possible (so NIV, NRSV). KJV did not use lap in sense 3. Compare Judges 16:19
(NIV); Ruth 4:16
(NAS, NIV); 2 Kings 4:20
(NAS, NIV, RSV). The NIV frequently replaces bosom with lap (for example, Proverbs 6:27
; Ecclesiastes 7:9
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Lap (Noun)'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/l/lap-noun.html. 1991.