Precious Stones

Precious Stones


Dug out of the earth — Job 28:5,6.

Brought from Ophir — 1 Kings 10:11; 2 Chronicles 9:10.

Brought from Sheba — 1 Kings 10:1,2; Ezekiel 27:22.

Called

  • Stones of fire. — Ezekiel 28:14,16.
  • Stones to be set. — 1 Chronicles 29:2.
  • Jewels. — Isaiah 61:10; Ezekiel 16:12.
  • Precious jewels. — 2 Chronicles 20:25; Proverbs 20:15.

Of great variety — 1 Chronicles 29:2.

Of many colours — 1 Chronicles 29:2.

Brilliant and glittering — 1 Chronicles 29:2; Revelation 21:11.

Mentioned in scripture

  • Agate. — Exodus 28:19; Isaiah 54:12.
  • Amethyst. — Exodus 28:19; Revelation 21:20.
  • Beryl. — Daniel 10:6; Revelation 21:20.
  • Carbuncle. — Exodus 28:17; Isaiah 54:12.
  • Coral. — Job 28:18.
  • Chalcedony. — Revelation 21:19.
  • Chrysolite. — Revelation 21:20.
  • Chrysoprasus. — Revelation 21:20.
  • Diamond. — Exodus 28:18; Jeremiah 17:1; Ezekiel 28:13.
  • Emerald. — Ezekiel 27:16; Revelation 4:3.
  • Jacinth. — Revelation 9:17; 21:20.
  • Jasper. — Revelation 4:3; 21:11,19.
  • Onyx. — Exodus 28:20; Job 28:16.
  • Pearl. — Job 28:18; Matthew 13:45,46; Revelation 21:21.
  • Ruby. — Job 28:18; Lamentations 4:7.
  • Sapphire. — Exodus 24:10; Ezekiel 1:26.
  • Sardine or Sardius. — Exodus 28:17; Revelation 4:3.
  • Sardonyx. — Revelation 21:20.
  • Topaz. — Job 28:19; Revelation 21:20.

Highly prized by the ancients — Proverbs 17:8.

Extensive commerce in — Ezekiel 27:22; Revelation 18:12.

Often given as presents — 1 Kings 10:2,10.

Art of engraving upon, early known to the Jews — Exodus 28:9,11,21.

Art of setting, known to the Jews — Exodus 28:20.

Used for

  • Adorning the high priest’s ephod. — Exodus 28:12.
  • Adorning the breastplate of judgment. — Exodus 28:17-20; 39:10-14.
  • Decorating the person. — Ezekiel 28:13.
  • Ornamenting royal crowns. — 2 Samuel 12:30.
  • Setting in seals and rings. — Song 5:12.
  • Adorning the temple. — 2 Chronicles 3:6.
  • Honouring idols. — Daniel 11:38.

A part of the treasure of kings — 2 Chronicles 32:27.

Given by the Jews for the tabernacle — Exodus 25:7.

Prepared by David for the temple — 1 Chronicles 29:2.

Given by chief men for the temple — 1 Chronicles 29:8.

Illustrative of

  • Preciousness of Christ. — Isaiah 28:16; 1 Peter 2:6.
  • Beauty and stability of the church. — Isaiah 54:11,12.
  • Saints. — Malachi 3:17; 1 Corinthians 3:12.
  • Seductive splendour and false glory of the apostasy. — Revelation 17:4; 18:16.
  • Worldly glory of nations. — Ezekiel 28:13-16.
  • Glory of heavenly Jerusalem. — Revelation 21:11.
  • Stability of heavenly Jerusalem. — Revelation 21:19.

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