BREAST (חָזֶה, H2601, breast of animals, the forepart of the body; שַׁד, H8716, breast of a woman or female animal; Gr. στη̂θος, G5111, chest; μαστός, G3466, upper or female breast.)
It should be noted that “breast” has a twofold meaning. It may refer to the entire anterior aspect of the chest—the portion of the body between the neck and abdomen. As such it has both resilience and strength and gives indispensable protection to the vital organs of heart and lungs, lying directly back of it.
Frequently, however, “breast” refers only to the mammae (paps).
It often is used fig. to refer to the seat of thoughts, feelings, affection, courage and spirit.
Physical attraction is the emphasis in
The breast is mentioned frequently in Levitical laws pertaining to sacrifices, as in
Complete victory over Israel’s enemies is promised in the prophecy, “You shall suck the milk of nations, you shall suck the breast of kings” (
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
See Wave Offering.
Figurative: "The breasts of virginity," pressed and bruised (
Frank E. Hirsch