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Precious Reflections

"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.

"Keep My Commandments, and live; and My Law as the apple of thine eye"

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:

The Ten Commandments

"For The Lord's portion is His people; Jacob [for why The Lord changed Jacob's name to Israel, see Physical and Spiritual Israel] is the lot of his inheritance. He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; He led him about, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye." (Deuteronomy 32:9-10 KJV)

"My son, keep My Words, and lay up My Commandments [see The Decalogue] with thee. Keep My commandments, and live; and My Law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart." (Proverbs 7:1-3 KJV)

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:

"Hold up my goings in Thy paths, that my footsteps slip not. I have called upon Thee, for Thou wilt hear me, O God: incline Thine ear unto me, and hear my speech. Show thy marvellous lovingkindness, O Thou that savest by Thy right hand them which put their trust in Thee from those that rise up against them. Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of Thy wings" (Psalm 17:5-8 KJV)

"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 cease." (Lamentations 2:18 KJV)

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