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Babe

BABE bāb (נַ֫עַר, H5853, infant; νήπιος, G3758, baby). There are two ways in which this word is used in the Bible—literally and figuratively. Babe is used to denote an infant or very young child. The two outstanding babies of the Bible are Moses and Jesus. Both were born during a time when male Heb. children were being killed; in the former case because Pharaoh was frightened of the population explosion among the Hebrews, and in the latter case because Herod feared the rising of another king. A third occasion in the Bible in which distress to mothers with infants on a large scale is referred to is in the prophetic passage in Matthew 24. It was necessary to emphasize Moses’ infancy to show his Heb. descent and right to be a ruler of his people. The Lord’s infancy is vividly depicted to underline the completeness of His humanity. He appears not only in the maturity of His ministry, nor as a precocious boy of twelve in the Temple, but as a helpless infant. (See Heb 4:15.)