Wing (prop. כָּנָŠ, πτέρυξ). By this word the Hebrews understood not only the wings of birds, but also the lappet, skirt, or flap of a garment (Ru 3:9; Jer 2:34), the extremity of a country (Job 38:13; Isa 24:16); figuratively, the wings of the wind (Ps 18:10), sunbeam (Mal 4:2); and, metaphorically protection or defense (Mt 23:37). God says that he has borne his people on the wings of eagles (Ex 21:4; see also De 32:11); that is, he had brought them out of Egypt as an eagle carries its young ones upon its wings. The prophet begs of God to protect them under his wings (Ps 17:8), and says that the children of men put their trust in the protection of his wings (Ps 36:7). Isaiah, speaking of the army of the kings of Israel and Syria who were coming against Judah, says, "The stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel"(Isa 8:8).

Definition of wing

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