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Morrish Bible Dictionary

Apple of the Eye

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1. ishon. Gesenius says this word signifies 'little man' and then 'the little man of the eye; 'that is, "the pupil of the eye in which, as in a mirror, a person sees his own image reflected in miniature." He says "this pleasing image is found in several languages." It is the part of the eye specially to be guarded: God preserved His own as the apple of His eye. Deuteronomy 32:10; Psalm 17:8 . His law should be kept as a precious thing. Proverbs 7:2 .

2. babah, the black or pupil of the eye, or, as others, 'the gate of the eye.' To touch God's people is touching the apple of His eye. Zechariah 2:8 .

3. bath, daughter. The sense is, Let not the apple (the daughter) of thine eye cease to shed tears. Lamentations 2:18 . In all places 'the apple of the eye' is a beautifully figurative expression for that which must be tenderly cherished as a most choice treasure.

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Apple of the Eye'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/mbd/a/apple-of-the-eye.html. 1897.

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