And she (Sarah) said, Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should have given children suck?

 —Genesis XXI, 7 

But Hannah did not go up; for she said unto her husband, So soon as the child shall be weaned, then I will bring him, that he may appear before the Lord, and abide there for ever. And Elkanah her husband said unto her, Do what seemeth good in thy eyes; tarry until though has weaned him; only may the Lord fulfill his word. So the woman remained behind, and gave her son suck until she weaned him.

—Samuel I, I, :22-23

From the God of thy father, who will help thee; and from the Almighty, who will bless thee, with blessings of heaven above, with blessings of the breasts, and of the womb;

—Genesis. XLIX, 25-26

Like a shepherd will he feed his flock: with his arm will he gather the lambs, and in his bosom will he carry them, will he lead gently those that suckle their young.

—Isaiah XL, 11-12

Yet Zion said, The Eternal hath forsaken me, and the Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, not to have mercy on the son of her body? yea, should these even forget, yet would I not forget thee.

—Isaiah LI, 14-16

Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be delighted over her, all ye that love her; be highly glad with her, all ye that mourn for her. In order that ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breast of her consolations; in order that ye may sip and find pleasure from the abundance of her glory.

For thus hath said the Lord, Behold, I will extend to her peace like a river, and like a rapid stream the glory of nations, that ye may suck; upon the arm shall ye be borne, and upon knees shall ye be dandled.

—Isaiah LXVI, 10-13

Instead that thou wast forsaken and hated, without one to pass through (thee), will I render thee an excellency of everlasting, a joy of all generations. And though shalt suck the milk of nations, and the breast of kings shalt thou suck.

—Isaiah LX, 15-16


Now when she had weaned Lo-ruchamah, she conceived, and bore a son.

—Hosea I, 8

Give them, O Lord, what thou wilt give! give them a miscarrying womb and dried-up breasts.

—Hosea IX, 14-15

Yea, thou art he that took me from the womb; thou hast been my trust when I hung on my mother's breasts.

—Psalm XXII, 10-11

Surely I have pacified and stilled my soul, like the suckling on its mother's breast; like a suckling is in me my soul.

—Psalm CXXXI, 2-3

Oh that some one would make thee as my brother that hath sucked my mother's breasts!

—The Song of Solomon VIII, 1

Shall women, then, eat their own fruit, the babes they have tenderly nursed?

—Lamentations II, 20

Even wild beasts offer the breast, they give suck to their young ones;the daughter of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness. The tongue of the suckling cleaveth to its palate by reason of thirst: babes ask for bread, there is not one to break it for them.

—Lamentations IV, 3

And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her lap, and she became a nurse unto it.

—Ruth IV, 16

And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to him, Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts which nursed you!

 —Luke XI, 27


(compiled by Jack Newman many years ago!)