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As the part of the body used for bearing loads it is used both literally and metaphorically.
Jesus Christ carried his cross on his back Jn 19:17 See also Mt 27:32 pp Mk 15:21 pp Lk 23:26 The shape of the cross necessitated it being carried across the shoulders and back. It appears that Jesus Christ started to carry his own cross but Simon of Cyrene took over as Christ weakened.
Weapons carried on the back 1Sa 17:6
Pain in the back causing anguish Ps 38:7
Whipping on the back used figuratively in a warning Jos 23:12-13
Walking over the back used figuratively to indicate defeat Isa 51:23
Israel flees from her enemies Jos 7:12
God’s people desert him Ne 9:29 “To turn one’s back”, in these verses and the following verses, also implies a lack of respect and reverence for God and his ways. See also 2Ch 29:6; Isa 1:4; Isa 59:12-13; Jer 2:27; Jer 32:33-34; Eze 8:16
Ex 33:22-23 To see God’s face would bring death.
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