Agate
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Smith's Bible Dictionary
Agate

a beautifully-veined semi-transparent precious stone, a variety of quartz. Its colors are delicately arranged in stripes or bands or blended in clouds. It is mentioned four times in the text of the Authorized Version, viz., in (Exodus 28:19; 39:12; Isaiah 54:12; Ezekiel 27:16) In the two former passages; where it is represented by the Hebrew word shebo it is spoken of as forming the second stone in the third row of the high priest's breastplate; in each of the two latter places the original word is cadced , by which, no doubt, is intended a different stone. [RUBY] Our English agate derives its name from the Achates, on the banks of which it was first found.

ATS Bible Dictionary
Agate

A precious stone said to take its name from the river Achates in Sicily, where it abounded. Agates, which are several kinds, are likewise procured in India, in various parts of Europe, and at the Cape of Good Hope. They are semi-transparent, and often are beautifully veined and clouded, and present in miniature the picture of many natural objects. The agate was the second stone in the third row of the high priest's breastplate, Exodus 28:19; 39:12.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
(Hebrews shebo), a precious stone in the breast-plate of the high priest (Exodus 28:19; 39:12), the second in the third row. This may be the agate properly so called, a semi-transparent crystallized quartz, probably brought from Sheba, whence its name. In Isaiah 54:12 and Ezek. 27:16, this word is the rendering of the Hebrew cadcod, which means "ruddy," and denotes a variety of minutely crystalline silica more or less in bands of different tints.

This word is from the Greek name of a stone found in the river Achates in Sicily.

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (adv.) On the way; agoing; as, to be agate; to set the bells agate.

2. (n.) A semi pellucid, uncrystallized variety of quartz, presenting various tints in the same specimen. Its colors are delicately arranged in stripes or bands, or blended in clouds.

3. (n.) A kind of type, larger than pearl and smaller than nonpareil; in England called ruby.

4. (n.) A diminutive person; so called in allusion to the small figures cut in agate for rings and seals.

5. (n.) A tool used by gold-wire drawers, bookbinders, etc.; -- so called from the agate fixed in it for burnishing.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
AGATE

See STONES, PRECIOUS.

Strong's Hebrew
7618. shebo -- (a precious stone) perhaps agate
... 7617, 7618. shebo. 7619 . (a precious stone) perhaps agate. Transliteration:
shebo Phonetic Spelling: (sheb-oo') Short Definition: agate. ...
/hebrew/7618.htm - 6k

3539. kadkod -- (a precious stone) perhaps ruby
... agate. From the same as kad in the sense of striking fire from a metal forged; a
sparkling gem, probably the ruby -- agate. see HEBREW kad. 3538b, 3539. ...
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Library

Introduction.
... ligurius iii. ligure iii. jacinth or amber achates achates agate agate amethustos
amethystus amethyst amethyst iv. chrusolithos iv. chrysolitus iv. beryl iv. ...
/.../ambrose/works and letters of st ambrose/introduction 4.htm

A Pressed Man Yielding to Christ
... benediction. Faith is that window of agate and gate of carbuncle by which the
divine light of Jesu's love comes streaming into the soul. ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 46 1900/a pressed man yielding to.htm

In his Tabernacle
... There can my soul forget the grave, the weeping,. The weariness and sin. O Chamber,
all thine agate windows opened. To face the radiant east". ...
/.../bevan/hymns of ter steegen and others second series/in his tabernacle.htm

The Emperor and Empress
... The walls of alabaster and other lustrous marbles were inlaid with agate and cornelian,
and the eastern sunlight glowed hotly on pillars of the Numidian marble ...
/.../chapter xviii the emperor and.htm

Is God in the Camp?
... witchcraft. One would have thought that these symbols would only have been
like windows of agate and gates of carbuncle. Through ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 38 1892/is god in the camp.htm

Concerning the Garments of the Priests, and of the High Priest.
... sapphire. The first of the third row was a ligure, then an amethyst, and
the third an agate, being the ninth of the whole number. ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 7 concerning the garments.htm

High Priest
... precious stones; the first row, a serdious, a topaz, and a carbuncle; the second,
an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond; the third, a ligure, an agate, and an ...
/.../conversion of a high priest into a christian worker/chapter iv high priest.htm

Communion with Christ and his People.
... Thus have I given you a list of windows of agate and gates of carbuncle through
which you may come at the Lord; but the ordinance of the Lord's supper sets ...
/...//christianbookshelf.org/spurgeon/till he come/communion with christ and his.htm

Songs of Deliverance
... and he is no stranger to us; we have seen him through the lattices of the ordinances;
we have found the means of grace to be like windows of agate and gates of ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 13 1867/songs of deliverance.htm

On Rational Natures.
... or gem, and wert clothed with sardonyx, and topaz, and emerald, and carbuncle, and
sapphire, and jasper, set in gold and silver, and with agate, amethyst, and ...
/.../origen/origen de principiis/chapter v on rational natures.htm

Thesaurus
Agate (4 Occurrences)
... This may be the agate properly so called, a semi-transparent crystallized quartz,
probably brought from Sheba, whence its name. In Isaiah 54:12 and Ezek. ...
/a/agate.htm - 9k

Opal (2 Occurrences)
... Exodus 28:19 and the third row, an opal, an agate, and an amethyst; (DBY YLT). Exodus
39:12 and the third row, an opal, an agate, and an amethyst; (DBY YLT). ...
/o/opal.htm - 6k

Jacinth (4 Occurrences)
... (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV). Exodus 28:19 and the third row a
jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst; (WEB JPS ASV BBE NAS RSV NIV). ...
/j/jacinth.htm - 8k

Ligure (2 Occurrences)
... Ligure (2 Occurrences). Exodus 28:19 And the third row a ligure, an agate, and an
amethyst. ... Exodus 39:12 And the third row, a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst. ...
/l/ligure.htm - 7k

Row (26 Occurrences)
... RSV NIV). Exodus 28:19 and the third row a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst;
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV). Exodus 28 ...
/r/row.htm - 14k

Amethyst (3 Occurrences)
... NIV). Exodus 28:19 and the third row a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst;
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV). Exodus 39 ...
/a/amethyst.htm - 8k

Fairs (6 Occurrences)
... reason of the multitude of the wares of thy making: they occupied in thy fairs with
emeralds, purple, and broidered work, and fine linen, and coral, and agate. ...
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Ruby (5 Occurrences)
... Hence, a red blain or carbuncle. 4. (n.) See Agate, n., 2. 5. (n.) Any species
of South American humming birds of the genus Clytolaema. ...
/r/ruby.htm - 9k

Remnants (8 Occurrences)
... 27:16 Aram 'is' thy merchant, Because of the abundance of thy works, For emerald,
purple, and embroidery, And fine linen, and coral, and agate, They have given ...
/r/remnants.htm - 9k

Pearl (5 Occurrences)
... 11. (n.) A size of type, between agate and diamond. 12. (a.) of or pertaining
to pearl or pearls; made of pearls, or of mother-of-pearl. 13. ...
/p/pearl.htm - 10k

Concordance
Agate (4 Occurrences)

Exodus 28:19
and the third row a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst;
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Exodus 39:12
and the third row, a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst;
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Isaiah 54:12
And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.
(Root in KJV WBS YLT RSV)

Ezekiel 27:16
Syria was thy merchant by reason of the multitude of the wares of thy making: they occupied in thy fairs with emeralds, purple, and broidered work, and fine linen, and coral, and agate.
(KJV WBS YLT RSV)

Subtopics

Agate

Agate: A Precious Stone

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