Bible verses about "breastfeeding" | LEB

Genesis 21:7

7 And she said, "Who would announce to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne a son to Abraham in his old age."

Numbers 11:12

12 Did I conceive all these people? If I have fathered them,* that you could say to me, 'Carry them* in your lap, just as a foster-father carries the suckling on the land that you swore an oath to their ancestors?'*

Job 3:12

12 Why did the knees receive me and the breasts, that I could suck?

Proverbs 5:18-19

18 May your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife* of your youth. 19 She is a deer of love and a doe of grace; may her breasts satisfy you always;* by her love may you be intoxicated continually.

Psalms 131:1-2

1 A song of ascents. Of David.*
My heart is not haughty nor my eyes arrogant.* And I do not concern myself* with things too great and difficult for me. 2 Rather I have soothed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother, like the weaned child is my soul with me.

Isaiah 49:23

23 And kings shall be your guardians,* and their queens your nurses. They shall bow down, faces* to the ground, to you, and they will lick up the dust of your feet. Then* you will know that I am Yahweh; those who await me shall not be ashamed.

Isaiah 40:11

11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arm, and he will carry them in his bosom; he will lead those who nurse.

Lamentations 4:4

4 The tongue of the nursling cleaves to its palate in thirst. Children beg for food, no one lays it out before them.*

Luke 23:26-31

26 And as they led him away, they seized Simon, a certain man of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and* placed the cross on him, to carry it* behind Jesus. 27 And a great crowd of the people were following him, and of women who were mourning and lamenting him. 28 But turning to them, Jesus said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children! 29 For behold, days are coming in which they will say, 'Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that did not give birth, and the breasts that did not nurse!' 30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, 'Fall on us!' and to the hills, 'Cover us!' 31 For if they do these things when the wood is green,* what will happen when it is dry?"*

Ruth 4:16

16 And Naomi took the child and she put him on her bosom and became his nurse.

Hosea 9:14

14 Give them, O Yahweh— what will you give them? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

Hebrews 5:12-14

12 For indeed, although you* ought to be teachers by this time*, you have need of someone to teach you again the beginning elements of the oracles of God, and you have need of* milk, not* solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes of milk is unacquainted with the message of righteousness, because he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have trained their faculties for the distinguishing of both good and evil.

Genesis 21:8

8 And the child grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the day Isaac was weaned.

1 Samuel 1:21-24

21 So the man Elkanah went up with all his household to make the annual sacrifice* to Yahweh and to pay his vow. 22 But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, "Once the boy is weaned, I will bring him, so that he may appear before Yahweh; and he will remain there forever." 23 So her husband Elkanah said to her, "Do what seems right to you;* stay until you wean him. Only may Yahweh fulfill his word." So the woman remained and nursed her son until she weaned him. 24 Then she brought him up with her when she had weaned him, along with three bulls, one ephah of flour, and a skin* of wine. She brought him to the house of Yahweh at Shiloh while the boy was still young.

1 Thessalonians 2:7

7 Although we could have insisted on our own importance** as apostles of Christ, yet we became infants in your midst, like a nursing mother cherishes her own children.

Psalms 22:9

9 Yet you took me from the belly; you made me trust while on my mother's breasts.

Genesis 49:25

25 Because of the God of your father he will help you and by Shaddai* he will bless you with the blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that crouches beneath, blessings of the breasts and the womb.

Isaiah 49:15

15 Can a woman forget her suckling, refrain from having compassion on the child of her womb? Indeed, these may forget, but* I, I will not forget you!

1 Peter 2:2

2 like newborn infants long for the unadulterated spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up to salvation,

Lamentations 4:3

3 Even the jackal bears the beast and nurses their cubs; but the daughter of my people has become ruthless, like ostriches in the wilderness.

Joel 2:16

16 gather the people, consecrate the assembly; assemble the elders, gather the children, even those who are breast-feeding; let the bridegroom come out from his private room, and the bride from her canopy.

Luke 11:27

27 Now it happened that as he said these things, a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and* said to him, "Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!"

Isaiah 66:10-13

10 "Rejoice with Jerusalem and shout in exultation with her, all those who love her! Rejoice with her in joy, all those who mourn over her, 11 so that you may suck and be satisfied from her consoling breast,* so that you may drink deeply and refresh yourselves from her heavy breast."* 12 For thus says Yahweh:
"Look! I am about to spread prosperity out to her like a river, and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing stream, and you shall suck and be carried on the hip; and you shall you shall be played with on the knees. 13 As a man whose mother comforts him, so I myself will comfort you, and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

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