The repose of the happy in death (Luke
xvi.22). The figure is taken from the ancient custom of
allowing a dear friend to recline at dinner on your bosom. Thus the
beloved John reclined on the bosom of Jesus.
There is no leaping from Delilah's lap into Abraham's
bosom—i.e., those who live and die in notorious sin must not
expect to go to heaven at death. —Boston:
Crook in the Lot.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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