Bosom - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words


[ 1,,G2859, kolpos ]
(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-Luke 16:23 (plural in Luke 16:23), 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.

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words