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Easton's Bible Dictionary

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Child, Children
Greek - man child
Greek - child
Greek - child, young child, childhood
Greek - child
Greek - great with child, child
Greek - be with child, with child, child
Greek - Child, bearing children
Greek - only child
Greek - child, childish, children
Greek - be a child
Greek - child
Greek - of a child, childhood
Greek - child, little child, young child, Child, child's, children, children's
Greek - child, children, male children
Greek - child, children, children's
Greek - child, children
Hebrew - child, children
Hebrew - with child
Hebrew - child, children, children and children's, children and on the grandchildren, children and their grandchildren, children and your children's, children's, children's children, grandchildren
Hebrew - child
Hebrew - child, childbirth, children, children born, gave birth to a child
Hebrew - child, child's, children
Hebrew - only child, one and child
Hebrew - fatherless child, fatherless children
Hebrew - with child, woman with child, child
Hebrew - child, woman with child, women who were with child, women with child
Hebrew - child, children
Hebrew - weaned child
Hebrew - sucking child, nursing child
Hebrew - sucking child
Hebrew - child, children
Hebrew - child, childhood
Hebrew - man child
Hebrew - first child
Hebrew - child
Child -

This word has considerable latitude of meaning in Scripture. Thus Joseph is called a child at the time when he was probably about sixteen years of age (Genesis 37:3); and Benjamin is so called when he was above thirty years (44:20). Solomon called himself a little child when he came to the kingdom (1 Kings 3:7).

The descendants of a man, however remote, are called his children; as, "the children of Edom," "the children of Moab," "the children of Israel."

In the earliest times mothers did not wean their children till they were from thirty months to three years old; and the day on which they were weaned was kept as a festival day (Genesis 21:8; Exodus 2:7,9; 1 Samuel 1:22-24; Matthew 21:16). At the age of five, children began to learn the arts and duties of life under the care of their fathers (Deuteronomy 6:20-25; 11:19).

To have a numerous family was regarded as a mark of divine favour (Genesis 11:30; 30:1; 1 Samuel 2:5; 2Sam 6:23; Psalms 127:3; 128:3).

Figuratively the name is used for those who are ignorant or narrow-minded (Matthew 11:16; Luke 7:32; 1 Corinthians 13:11). "When I was a child, I spake as a child." "Brethren, be not children in understanding" (1 Corinthians 14:20). "That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro" (Ephesians 4:14).

Children are also spoken of as representing simplicity and humility (Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17). Believers are "children of light" (Luke 16:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:5) and "children of obedience" (1 Peter 1:14).

Copyright Statement
These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for 'Child'". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1897.


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