This word is sometimes used figuratively in Scripture.
- To “lay down the neck” (Rom. 16:4) is to hazard one's life.
- Threatenings of coming judgments are represented by the prophets by their laying bands upon the people's necks (Deuteronomy 28:48; Isa. 10:27; Jer. 27:2).
- Conquerors put their feet on the necks of their enemies as a sign of their subjection (Josh. 10:24; 2 Sam. 22:41).