This word, besides its natural and proper sense, is used to designate,
The word is used in Scripture not only for daughter, but for granddaughter or other female descendant. ( Genesis 24:48 ) It is used of the female inhabitants of a place or country, ( Genesis 6:2 ; Luke 23:28 ) and of cities in general, ( Isaiah 10:32 ; 23:12 ) but more specifically of dependent towns or hamlets, while to the principal city the correlative "mother" is applied. ( Numbers 21:25 ) "Daughters of music," i.e. singing birds, ( Ecclesiastes 12:4 ) refers to the power of making and enjoying music.
do'-ter (bath; thugater):
Used in Scriptures in several more or less distinct senses:
Daughters were not so highly prized as sons, not being usually mentioned by name. A father might sometimes sell his daughter as bondwoman (Exodus 21:7); though not to a foreigner (Exodus 21:8); daughters might sometimes inherit as did sons, but could not take the inheritance outside of the tribe (Numbers 36:1-12).
Edward Bagby Pollard
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