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Apple Of The Eye

"Apple of the eye" is an old English term (derived from Anglo-Saxon and Teutonic/German) for the pupil of the eye, that is, the clear center part where light, and therefore sight, enters. As an expression, it generally refers to something precious. In the Bible, "apple of the eye" is used by some translations of the original Holy Scriptures for two different Hebrew words, one meaning a reflection, the other meaning a daughter.

Apple Of The Eye

A Star of Heaven

The Hebrew word (pronounced) ee-shone, means little man of the eye, meaning the reflection of someone seen in a pupil. The word is used twice, once for The Lord's careful observance of His people, and the other for what makes His people, His people - that they keep obedience to Him as the apple of their eye:

"For The Lord's portion is His people, Jacob [for why The Lord changed Jacob's name to Israel, see Physical and Spiritual Israel] His allotted heritage. He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of the wilderness; He encircled him, He cared for him, He kept him as the apple [ee-shone] of His eye" (Deuteronomy 32:9-10 RSV)

"My son, keep My Words and treasure up My Commandments with you; keep My Commandments and live, keep My teachings as the apple [ee-shone] of your eye; bind them on your fingers, write them on the tablet of your heart." (Proverbs 7:1-3 RSV)

The Hebrew word (pronounced) bawth, meaning a daughter (e.g. the mother of King Solomon was named Bathsheba, which means daughter of Sheba) is translated as "apple of the eye." It also was a conditional term, as contrasted in the example below from Psalms, and then from Lamentations:

"My steps have held fast to Thy paths, my feet have not slipped. I call upon Thee, for Thou wilt answer me, O God; incline Thy ear to me, hear my words. Wondrously show Thy steadfast love, O Savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at thy right hand. Keep me as the apple of the eye [bawth]" (Psalm 17:5-8 RSV)

"Their heart cried unto the Lord, O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down like a river day and night: give thyself no rest; let not the apple of thine eye [bawth] cease." (Lamentations 2:18 KJV)

Fact Finder: Who is the "daughter of Zion" as described in the verses above?
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