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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
Apple of the Eye
APPLE OF THE EYE (lit. ‘child or daughter of the eye,’ i.e. that which is most precious [the organ of sight], and most carefully guarded [by the projecting bone, protecting it as far as possible from injury]). A figure of God’s care of His people ( Deuteronomy 32:10 , Psalms 17:8 , Zechariah 2:8 ), and of the preciousness of the Divine law ( Proverbs 7:2 ). In Lamentations 2:18 it is the source of tears.
C. W. Emmet.
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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Apple of the Eye'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdb/a/apple-of-the-eye.html. 1909.