A Systematic Theology of Breasts

* based on “shad,” Strong’s Hebrew 7699 and 7699a, and “shod,” Strong’s Hebrew 7699b, meaning “breasts” and “female breasts” respectively, “dad,” Strong’s Hebrew 1717, meaning “breasts, teat, nipple,” “μαστός (mastos),” Strong’s Greek 3149, meaning “The breast, pap” and “θηλάζω (thélazó),Strong’s Greek 2337, meaning “I give suck, to nurse, to suckle, to suck.”

“by the God of your father who will help you, by the Almighty who will bless you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that crouches beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb.”

Genesis 49:25

“Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breasts, that I should nurse?”

Job 3:12

“(There are those who snatch the fatherless child from the breast, and they take a pledge against the poor.)”

Job 24:9

“Yet you are he who took me from the womb; you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.”

Psalm 22:9


“A lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts drench you at all times; be intoxicated always in her love.”

Proverbs 5:19

“My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh that lies between my breasts.”

Song of Solomon 1:13

“Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle, that graze among the lilies.”

Song of Solomon 4:5

“Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle.”

Song of Solomon 7:3

“Your stature is like a palm tree, and your breasts are like its clusters.”

Song of Solomon 7:7

“I say I will climb the palm tree and lay hold of its fruit. Oh may your breasts be like clusters of the vine, and the scent of your breath like apples,”

Song of Solomon 7:8


“Oh that you were like a brother to me who nursed at my mother’s breasts! If I found you outside, I would kiss you, and none would despise me.”

Song of Solomon 8:1


“We have a little sister, and she has no breasts. What shall we do for our sister on the day when she is spoken for?”

Song of Solomon 8:8


“I was a wall, and my breasts were like towers; then I was in his eyes as one who finds peace.”

Song of Solomon 8:10

“To whom will he teach knowledge, and to whom will he explain the message? Those who are weaned from the milk, those taken from the breast?”

Isaiah 28:9

“Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields,
for the fruitful vine”

Isaiah 32:12

“You shall suck the milk of nations; you shall nurse at the breast of kings; and you shall know that I, the LORD, am your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”

Isaiah 60:16

“that you may nurse and be satisfied from her consoling breast; that you may drink deeply with delight from her glorious abundance.”

Isaiah 66:11

“I made you flourish like a plant of the field. And you grew up and became tall and arrived at full adornment. Your breasts were formed, and your hair had grown; yet you were naked and bare.”

Ezekiel 16:7

“They played the whore in Egypt; they played the whore in their youth; there their breasts were pressed and their virgin bosoms handled.”

Ezekiel 23:3

“She did not give up her whoring that she had begun in Egypt; for in her youth men had lain with her and handled her virgin bosom and poured out their whoring lust upon her”

Ezekiel 23:8

“Thus you longed for the lewdness of your youth, when the Egyptians handled your bosom and pressed your young breasts.”

Ezekiel 23:21

“you shall drink it and drain it out, and gnaw its shards, and tear your breasts; for I have spoken, declares the Lord GOD.”

Ezekiel 23:34

“Plead with your mother, plead— for she is not my wife, and I am not her husband— that she put away her whoring from her face, and her adultery from between her breasts

Hosea 2:2

“Give them, O LORD— what will you give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.”

Hosea 9:14

“Gather together the people, sanctify the church, assemble the ancients, gather together the little ones, and them that suck at the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth from his bed, and the bride out of her bride chamber.”

Joel 2:16

“Do you hear,” they asked Him, “what these children are saying?” “Yes,” He replied; “have you never read, ‘Out of the mouths of infants and of babes at the breast Thou hast brought forth the praise which is due’?”

Matthew 21:16 (Weymouth NT)

“As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!”

Luke 11:27

“For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’”

Luke 23:29

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