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Cheek, Cheekbone, Cheek-Bone

CHEEK, CHEEKBONE, CHEEK-BONE (לְחִי֒, H4305, σιαγών, G4965, jaw, jawbone). The cheek comprises the lateral part of the mouth on each side of the face. Its limits are not precise. It is continuous above with the lower eyelid. It descends below as far as the base of the jaw. In front it terminates at the nose and at the commissure of the lips, i.e., the corner of the mouth. Behind, it extends as far as the ear. The expression “smite on the cheek” evidently connotes an act of reproach (Lam 3:30). Christ’s command to turn the other cheek (Matt 5:39) forcefully states what He meant the Christian’s attitude toward reproach should be. In line with this, Peter in 1 Peter 4:14 and Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:10 give expression to the special joy and blessing which they experienced in thus enduring reproach for Christ’s sake. The human cheekbone is the malar bone which forms the prominence of the face below and lateral to the eye socket beneath the upper portion of the cheek.