'Boy' in the Bible
Lamech said to his wives:Adah and Zillah, hear my voice;wives of Lamech, pay attention to my words.For I killed a man for wounding me,a young man for striking me.
But God said to Abraham, “Do not be concerned about the boy and your slave. Whatever Sarah says to you, listen to her, because your offspring will be traced through Isaac.
Early in the morning Abraham got up, took bread and a waterskin, put them on Hagar’s shoulders, and sent her and the boy away. She left and wandered in the Wilderness of Beer-sheba.
When the water in the skin was gone, she left the boy under one of the bushes.
Then she went and sat down nearby, about a bowshot away, for she said, “I can’t bear to watch the boy die!” So as she sat nearby, she wept loudly.
God heard the voice of the boy, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What’s wrong, Hagar? Don’t be afraid, for God has heard the voice of the boy from the place where he is.
Get up, help the boy up, and support him, for I will make him a great nation.”
Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the waterskin and gave the boy a drink.
God was with the boy, and he grew; he settled in the wilderness and became an archer.
Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I will go over there to worship; then we’ll come back to you.”
Then He said, “Do not lay a hand on the boy or do anything to him. For now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your only son from Me.”
He went back to his brothers and said, “The boy is gone! What am I going to do?”
But Reuben replied: “Didn’t I tell you not to harm the boy? But you wouldn’t listen. Now we must account for his blood!”
Then Judah said to his father Israel, “Send the boy with me. We will be on our way so that we may live and not die—neither we, nor you, nor our children.
But we said to my lord, ‘The boy cannot leave his father. If he were to leave, his father would die.’
“So if I come to your servant my father and the boy is not with us—his life is wrapped up with the boy’s life—
when he sees that the boy is not with us, he will die. Then your servants will have brought the gray hairs of your servant our father down to Sheol in sorrow.
Your servant became accountable to my father for the boy, saying, ‘If I do not return him to you, I will always bear the guilt for sinning against you, my father.’
Now please let your servant remain here as my lord’s slave, in place of the boy. Let him go back with his brothers.
For how can I go back to my father without the boy? I could not bear to see the grief that would overwhelm my father.”
When she opened it, she saw the child—a little boy, crying. She felt sorry for him and said, “This is one of the Hebrew boys.”
Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Should I go and call a woman from the Hebrews to nurse the boy for you?”
Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child and nurse him for me, and I will pay your wages.” So the woman took the boy and nursed him.
for indeed, you will conceive and give birth to a son. You must never cut his hair, because the boy will be a Nazirite to God from birth, and he will begin to save Israel from the power of the Philistines.”
He said to me, ‘You will conceive and give birth to a son. Therefore, do not drink wine or beer, and do not eat anything unclean, because the boy will be a Nazirite to God from birth until the day of his death.’”
Manoah prayed to the Lord and said, “Please Lord, let the man of God you sent come again to us and teach us what we should do for the boy who will be born.”
So the woman gave birth to a son and named him Samson. The boy grew, and the Lord blessed him.
When she had weaned him, she took him with her to Shiloh, as well as a three-year-old bull, half a bushel of flour, and a jar of wine. Though the boy was still young, she took him to the Lord’s house at Shiloh.
Then they slaughtered the bull and brought the boy to Eli.
I prayed for this boy, and since the Lord gave me what I asked Him for,
I now give the boy to the Lord. For as long as he lives, he is given to the Lord.” Then he bowed in worship to the Lord there.
Elkanah went home to Ramah, but the boy served the Lord in the presence of Eli the priest.
The boy Samuel served in the Lord’s presence and wore a linen ephod.
The Lord paid attention to Hannah’s need, and she conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.
By contrast, the boy Samuel grew in stature and in favor with the Lord and with men.
The boy Samuel served the Lord in Eli’s presence. In those days the word of the Lord was rare and prophetic visions were not widespread.
Once again, for the third time, the Lord called Samuel. He got up, went to Eli, and said, “Here I am; you called me.”Then Eli understood that the Lord was calling the boy.
She named the boy Ichabod, saying, “The glory has departed from Israel,” referring to the capture of the ark of God and to the deaths of her father-in-law and her husband.
David pleaded with God for the boy. He fasted, went home, and spent the night lying on the ground.
Solomon said, “Cut the living boy in two and give half to one and half to the other.”
Hadad fled to Egypt, along with some Edomites from his father’s servants. At the time Hadad was a small boy.
Take with you 10 loaves of bread, some cakes, and a jar of honey, and go to him. He will tell you what will happen to the boy.”
“As for you, get up and go to your house. When your feet enter the city, the boy will die.
Then Jeroboam’s wife got up and left and went to Tirzah. As she was crossing the threshold of the house, the boy died.
Then he stretched himself out over the boy three times. He cried out to the Lord and said, “My Lord God, please let this boy’s life return to him!”
Then Elijah took the boy, brought him down from the upper room into the house, and gave him to his mother. Elijah said, “Look, your son is alive.”
Gehazi went ahead of them and placed the staff on the boy’s face, but there was no sound or sign of life, so he went back to meet Elisha and told him, “The boy didn’t wake up.”
When Elisha got to the house, he discovered the boy lying dead on his bed.
Then he went up and lay on the boy: he put mouth to mouth, eye to eye, hand to hand. While he bent down over him, the boy’s flesh became warm.
Elisha got up, went into the house, and paced back and forth. Then he went up and bent down over him again. The boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes.
So Naaman went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, according to the command of the man of God. Then his skin was restored and became like the skin of a small boy, and he was clean.
May the day I was born perish,and the night when they said,“A boy is conceived.”
For before the boy knows to reject what is bad and choose what is good, the land of the two kings you dread will be abandoned.
for before the boy knows how to call out father or mother, the wealth of Damascus and the spoils of Samaria will be carried off to the king of Assyria.”
Before Zion was in labor, she gave birth;before she was in pain, she delivered a boy.
They cast lots for My people;they bartered a boy for a prostituteand sold a girl for wine to drink.
Then Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and from that moment the boy was healed.
So they brought him to Him. When the spirit saw Him, it immediately convulsed the boy. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.
Immediately the father of the boy cried out, “I do believe! Help my unbelief.”
Then it came out, shrieking and convulsing him violently. The boy became like a corpse, so that many said, “He’s dead.”
The boy grew up and became strong, filled with wisdom, and God’s grace was on Him.
After those days were over, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but His parents did not know it.
As the boy was still approaching, the demon knocked him down and threw him into severe convulsions. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, cured the boy, and gave him back to his father.
“Sir,” the official said to Him, “come down before my boy dies!”
While he was still going down, his slaves met him saying that his boy was alive.
“There’s a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish—but what are they for so many?”