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Bible Usage:


  • Included in Eastons: Yes
  • Included in Hitchcocks: No
  • Included in Naves: Yes
  • Included in Smiths: No
  • Included in Websters: Yes
  • Included in Strongs: Yes
  • Included in Thayers: Yes
  • Included in BDB: Yes

Strongs Concordance:

Easton's Bible Dictionary

The ancient Hebrews would not eat with the Egyptians (Genesis 43:32). In the time of our Lord they would not eat with Samaritans (John 4:9), and were astonished that he ate with publicans and sinners (Matthew 9:11). The Hebrews originally sat at table, but afterwards adopted the Persian and Chaldean practice of reclining (Luke 7:36-50). Their principal meal was at noon (Genesis 43:16; 1 Kings 20:16; Ruth 2:14; Luke 14:12). The word "eat" is used metaphorically in Jeremiah 15:16; Ezekiel 3:1; Revelation 10:9. In John 6:53-58, "eating and drinking" means believing in Christ. Women were never present as guests at meals (q.v.).

Naves Topical Index

The host acting as waiter
Genesis 18:8

Favored guests served a double portion
Genesis 43:34

Table used in
Judges 1:7

Sitting at table
Exodus 32:6

Reclining on couches
Amos 6:4; Amos 6:7; Luke 7:37-38; John 13:25

Ablutions before
Matthew 15:2
Feasts; Food; Gluttony

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

E'ATING, participle present tense Chewing and swallowing; consuming; corroding.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

E'ATING-HOUSE, noun A house where provisions are sold ready dressed.