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em -brās ´: The word has two distinct meanings in the Old Testament: (1) to clasp and hold fondly in the arms, pointing to a common custom (Genesis 29:13 ; Genesis 33:4 ; Genesis 48:10 ; 2 Kings 4:16 ; Song of Solomon 2:6 ; Song of Solomon 8:3 ; compare Acts 20:10 ), and (2) to have sexual intercourse (Proverbs 4:8 ; Proverbs 5:20 ; Ecclesiastes 3:5 ). It seems to have acquired this technical sense in later Jewish usage.

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

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