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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words


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1: κόλπος
(Strong's #2859 — Noun Masculine — kolpos — kol'-pos )

signifies (a) "the front of the body between the arms;" hence, to recline in the "bosom" was said of one who so reclined at table that his head covered, as it were, the "bosom" of the one next to him, John 13:23 . Hence, figuratively, it is used of a place of blessedness with another, as with Abraham in paradise, Luke 16:22,23 (plural in ver. 23), from the custom of reclining at table in the "bosom," a place of honor; of the Lord's eternal and essential relation with the Father, in all its blessedness and affection as intimated in the phrase, "The Only-begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father" ( John 1:18 ); (b) "of the bosom of a garment, the hollow formed by the upper forepart of a loose garment, bound by a girdle and used for carrying or keeping things;" thus figuratively of repaying one liberally, Luke 6:38; cp. Isaiah 65:6; Jeremiah 39:18; (c) "of an inlet of the sea," because of its shape, like a bosom, Acts 27:39 . See BAY , CREEK.

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Bosom'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. 1940.

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