Kid (properly גּדַי, gedi', so called from cropping the herbage; more fully, גּדַי עַזּים, "kid of the goats;" fem. גּדַיּה, gediyah', a she-kid, Cant. i, 8; also בֶּןאּעֵז, son of a goat, 2Ch 35:7, orig.; sometimes for עֵז, a goat, itself, Nu 15:11; 1Ki 20:27; likewise שָׂעַיר, si'r, hairy, i.e. a goat, Ge 35:29; Le 4:23; Le 9:3; Le 16:5; Le 23:19, etc.; fern. שׂעַירָה, seirah, Le 4:28; Le 5:6; Greek ἔριφιος, Lu 15:29; "goat," Mt 25:32, ver. 33 ἐριφίον, diminutive), the young of the goat, reckoned a great delicacy among the ancients; and it appears to have been served for food in preference to the lamb (Ge 27:9; Ge 38:17; Jg 6:19; Jg 14:6; 1Sa 16:20). It still continues to be a choice dish among the Arabs. By the Mosaic law, the Hebrews were forbidden to dress a kid in the milk of its dam; and this remarkable prohibition is repeated three several times (Ex 23:19; Ex 34:26; De 14:21). This law has been variously understood. However, it is generally supposed that it was intended to guard the Hebrews against some idolatrous or superstitious practice of the neighboring heathen nations. The practice is quite common with modern Orientals (Thomson, Land and Book, i, 135). Kids were also among the sacrificial offerings (Ex 12:3, margin; Le 4:23-26; Nu 7:16-87). SEE GOAT.

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