Ezekiel 16:12
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New International Version
and I put a ring on your nose, earrings on your ears and a beautiful crown on your head.

New Living Translation
a ring for your nose, earrings for your ears, and a lovely crown for your head.

English Standard Version
And I put a ring on your nose and earrings in your ears and a beautiful crown on your head.

New American Standard Bible
"I also put a ring in your nostril, earrings in your ears and a beautiful crown on your head.

King James Bible
And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I put a ring in your nose, earrings on your ears, and a beautiful tiara on your head.

International Standard Version
I put a ring in your nose, earrings in your ears, and a crown encrusted with jewels on your head.

NET Bible
I put a ring in your nose, earrings on your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I put a ring in your nose, earrings on your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I put nose rings upon thy nostrils and earrings in thine ears and a diadem of beauty upon thine head.

King James 2000 Bible
And I put a ring on your nose, and earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown upon your head.

American King James Version
And I put a jewel on your forehead, and earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head.

American Standard Version
And I put a ring upon thy nose, and ear-rings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thy head.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I put a jewel upon thy forehead and earrings in thy ears, and a beautiful crown upon thy head.

Darby Bible Translation
and I put a ring on thy nose, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thy head.

English Revised Version
And I put a ring upon thy nose, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and ear-rings in thy ears, and a beautiful crown upon thy head.

World English Bible
I put a ring on your nose, and earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head.

Young's Literal Translation
And I give a ring for thy nose, And rings for thine ears, And a crown of beauty on thy head.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:1-58 In this chapter God's dealings with the Jewish nation, and their conduct towards him, are described, and their punishment through the surrounding nations, even those they most trusted in. This is done under the parable of an exposed infant rescued from death, educated, espoused, and richly provided for, but afterwards guilty of the most abandoned conduct, and punished for it; yet at last received into favour, and ashamed of her base conduct. We are not to judge of these expressions by modern ideas, but by those of the times and places in which they were used, where many of them would not sound as they do to us. The design was to raise hatred to idolatry, and such a parable was well suited for that purpose.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - A jewel on thy forehead; better, with the Revised Version, a ring upon thy nose. The word has the same meaning in Genesis 24:47 ("earring" in the Authorized Version); Isaiah 3:21 (where the Authorized Version gives "nose jewels"); Proverbs 11:22. Jerome, however, notes (in loc.) that the Syrian women of his time wore pendants or lockets that hung from the forehead to the nostrils. The crown, or diadem (LXX., στέφανος καυχήσεως), the thin circlet of gold confining the hair, completed the catalogue of ornaments. The Chaldee Targum continues its spiritual interpretation: "I gave the ark of my covenant to be among you, and the cloud of my glory overshadowed you, and the angel of my presence led you in the way." And, if we assume, as we legitimately may assume, that Ezekiel, above all others, the prophet of symbolism, did not fill up his picture with details which were only meant to fill it up, this seems a not unfitting interpretation.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And I put a jewel on thy forehead,.... The same with the nose jewel, which was hung upon the forehead, and reached down to the nose and mouth; and, however disagreeable it may seem to us, was reckoned very ornamental in the eastern countries, Isaiah 3:21; and where now, as in Persia, as well as in all the Levant, the women put rings through their noses, which they pierce with needles, as Monsieur Thevenot (z) relates; so Dr. Shaw (a) says that nose jewels are used still by the Levant Arabs. The Targum applies it to the ark, thus,

"and I put the ark of my covenant among you;''

but may be better applied a public profession of religion, which every good man ought to make, and take up from principles of grace received; this is bearing the name of Christ and the name of his Father in their foreheads; which is very ornamental to the believer, and well pleasing to Christ, Romans 10:9;

and earrings in thine ears. The Targum is,

"and the clouds of my glory overshadowed you;''

but it may be better interpreted of the spiritual ears God gives his people in conversion; by which they hear his word, so as to understand it; hear the voice of Christ, so as to distinguish it from the voice of a stranger; and hear his Gospel, so as to believe and receive it, approve of it, and love it, and act in conformity to it:

and a beautiful crown upon thine head. The Targum paraphrases it thus,

"and an angel, sent from before me, led at the head of you:''

referring to Exodus 23:20; with which Jarchi compares Micah 2:13 but may be better illustrated by the beautiful crown of twelve stars, the doctrine of the twelve apostles of Christ, said to he upon the head of the church; and is upon the head of every believer that holds the mystery of the faith in pure conscience; that holds fast the faithful word, and will not let it go, that so no man may take away his crown, Revelation 12:1.

(z) Travels, par. 2. B. 2. c. 9. p. 94. (a) Travels, p. 241. Ed. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. jewel on thy forehead—rather, "a ring in thy nose" (Isa 3:21).

a crown—at once the badge of a bride, and of her being made a queen, as being consort of the King; the very name Israel meaning "a prince of God." So they are called "a kingdom of priests" (Ex 19:6; compare Re 1:6). Though the external blessings bestowed on Israel were great, yet not these, but the internal and spiritual, form the main reference in the kingly marriage to which Israel was advanced.

Ezekiel 16:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jerusalem's Unfaithfulness
11"I adorned you with ornaments, put bracelets on your hands and a necklace around your neck. 12"I also put a ring in your nostril, earrings in your ears and a beautiful crown on your head. 13"Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your dress was of fine linen, silk and embroidered cloth. You ate fine flour, honey and oil; so you were exceedingly beautiful and advanced to royalty.…
Cross References
Genesis 24:47
"I asked her, 'Whose daughter are you?' "She said, 'The daughter of Bethuel son of Nahor, whom Milkah bore to him.' "Then I put the ring in her nose and the bracelets on her arms,

Proverbs 25:12
Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear.

Isaiah 3:21
the signet rings and nose rings,

Isaiah 28:5
In that day the LORD Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people.

Jeremiah 13:18
Say to the king and to the queen mother, "Come down from your thrones, for your glorious crowns will fall from your heads."

Ezekiel 16:14
And your fame spread among the nations on account of your beauty, because the splendor I had given you made your beauty perfect, declares the Sovereign LORD.

Ezekiel 16:17
You also took the fine jewelry I gave you, the jewelry made of my gold and silver, and you made for yourself male idols and engaged in prostitution with them.

Ezekiel 21:26
this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Take off the turban, remove the crown. It will not be as it was: The lowly will be exalted and the exalted will be brought low.

Ezekiel 23:42
"The noise of a carefree crowd was around her; drunkards were brought from the desert along with men from the rabble, and they put bracelets on the wrists of the woman and her sister and beautiful crowns on their heads.

Hosea 2:13
I will punish her for the days she burned incense to the Baals; she decked herself with rings and jewelry, and went after her lovers, but me she forgot," declares the LORD.
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