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Holman Bible Dictionary

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Greek - loins
Hebrew - loins
Hebrew - loins
Hebrew - loins
Hebrew - loins
Hebrew - loins
Hebrew - loins

The Hebrew and Greek terms refer to the hips and lower back. Loins are used in the literal sense of the body's midsection (Exodus 28:42; 2 Kings 1:8; Isaiah 11:5; Jeremiah 13:1; Matthew 3:4). Tying up one's long, lower garments about one's waist or loins indicated readiness for travel (Exodus 12:11; 1 Kings 18:46; 2 Kings 9:1). In the New Testament, to gird up one's loins is used in the figurative sense of preparedness (Luke 12:35; Ephesians 6:14; 1 Peter 1:13). The Old Testament sometimes uses loins as the seat of physical strength (Nahum 2:1). Thus to make someone's loins shake or loosed is to render the person helpless (Psalms 69:23; Isaiah 45:1). Scripture also uses the loins as a symbol of procreative powers (Genesis 35:11; 1 Kings 8:19; Acts 2:30; Hebrews 7:5,Hebrews 7:10). Modern translations frequently hide the Hebrew expression “from his loins” behind the translation descendant.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'LOINS'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1991.


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