Babe

Babe (עוֹלעֵל, olel', or עֹלָל, ola', so called from its petulance, Ps 8:2; Ps 17:14, elsewhere "child" or "infant תִּעֲלוּלַים, taalulim', from the same root, Isa 3:4; once נִעִר, na'ar, Ex 2:6, usually a "lad;" Gr. βρέφος, prop. an unborn foetus, Lu 1:41,44, but also a very young child, Lu 2:12,16; 1Pe 2:2; νήπιον, strictly an infant [i.e. as yet unable to talk], but likewise used of children generally, Mt 11:25; Mt 21:16; Lu 10:21; Ro 2:10; 1Co 3:1; Heb 5:13). This term is used figuratively in Isa 3:4, to represent the succession of weak and wicked princes who reigned over the kingdom of Judah from the death of Josiah to the destruction of the city and Temple. In the New Testament, the term refers to those who are weak in the Christian faith and knowledge, being ignorant and inconstant: or being but just born again, begotten from above, they require that heavenly nourishment which is suited to their nature — "the sincere milk of the word" (1Co 3:1; Heb 5:13; 1Pe 2:2). SEE CHILD.

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