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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
(n.) An ornament consisting of a ring passed through the lobe of the ear, with or without a pendant.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia


An ornamental pendant of some kind hanging from the ears has been worn by both sexes in oriental lands from the earliest times. Among the Greeks and Romans, as with western peoples in general, its use was confined to females. The ears in the statue of the Medicean Venus are pierced and probably were originally ornamented with earrings. It is clear, however, that among the Hebrews and related oriental peoples earrings were worn by both sexes. Abraham's servant "put the earring upon (Rebekah's) face, and the bracelets upon her hands" (Genesis 24:47 King James Version), in accordance with custom, evidently, but it is implied that it was customary for men also to wear earrings, in that the relatives and friends of Job "every one (gave him) an earring of gold" (Job 42:11 King James Version).

Such ornaments were usually made of gold, finely wrought, and often set with precious stones, as archaeology has shown. Such jewels were worn in ancient times for protective as well as for decorative purposes. the Revised Version (British and American) renders "amulets" for the King James Version "earrings" in Isaiah 3:20, the Hebrew word (lechashim) being elsewhere associated with serpent-charming; but the earrings of Genesis 35:4, also, were more than mere ornaments, so the King James Version and the Revised Version (British and American) may both be right in their renderings here (Kennedy). The influence of Egypt, where amulets of various kinds were worn by men and gods, by the living and the dead, is shown by recent excavations at Gezer, Taanach and Megiddo.


George. B. Eager

Strong's Hebrew
5141. nezem -- a ring (worn as an ornament)
... Word Origin of uncertain derivation Definition a ring (worn as an ornament) NASB
Word Usage earring (3), earrings (4), ring (6), rings (4). earring, jewel. ...
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3908. lachash -- a whispering, charming
... prayer (1). charmed, earring, enchantment, orator, prayer. From lachash;
properly, a whisper, ie By implication, (in a good sense ...
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5694. agil -- a hoop, ring
... earring. From the same as agol; something round, ie A ring (for the ears) -- earring.
see HEBREW agol. 5693, 5694. agil. 5695 . Strong's Numbers.
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The God of the Living.
... perplexity in our Lord's teaching, that he is too simple for us; that while we are
questioning with ourselves about the design of Solomon's earring upon some ...
//christianbookshelf.org/macdonald/unspoken sermons/the god of the living.htm

July 6 Morning
... As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon
an obedient ear."Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but ...
/.../anonymous/daily light on the daily path/july 6 morning.htm

What was Heard in the Basilica of Peace
... Elsewhere, he reminds his audience of those men who wear an earring as a talisman;
of the dealings between traders and sailors"a comparison which would go ...
//christianbookshelf.org/bertrand/saint augustin/ii what was heard in.htm

Introduction to Oration ii.
Lectures of S. Cyril of Jerusalem. <. ...
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Earring (7 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. EARRING. ... See AMULET; ORNAMENT. George. B.
Eager. Multi-Version Concordance Earring (7 Occurrences). ...
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... ring"; "jewel on thy forehead," Ezekiel 16:12, "ring upon thy nose"): In Genesis
24:22, the King James Version rendered incorrectly "earring"; compare Genesis ...
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Nose-jewels (1 Occurrence)
... ring"; "jewel on thy forehead," Ezekiel 16:12, "ring upon thy nose"): In Genesis
24:22, the King James Version rendered incorrectly "earring"; compare Genesis ...
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Ring (33 Occurrences)
...Earring (which see) in the King James Version is from totally different words: nezem,
whose etymology is unknown, aghil, "round," or lachash, "amulet"; so the ...
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Ear-ring (6 Occurrences)
Ear-ring. Earring, Ear-ring. Earrings . Multi-Version Concordance Ear-ring
(6 Occurrences). ... (ASV DBY JPS WBS). Earring, Ear-ring. Earrings . Reference
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Jewel (12 Occurrences)
... nezem (Proverbs 11:22 Isaiah 3:21 Ezekiel 16:12); the American Standard Revised
Version changes Proverbs 11:22 to "ring" Septuagint here = "earring"), and both ...
/j/jewel.htm - 12k

Reprover (7 Occurrences)
... (YLT). Proverbs 25:12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is
a wise reprover to an obedient ear. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV). ...
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Earns (3 Occurrences)

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Drop (32 Occurrences)
... 2. (n.) That which resembles, or that which hangs like, a liquid drop; as a hanging
diamond ornament, an earring, a glass pendant on a chandelier, a sugarplum ...
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Earring (7 Occurrences)

Genesis 24:22
And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold;

Genesis 24:30
And it came to pass, when he saw the earring and bracelets upon his sister's hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spake the man unto me; that he came unto the man; and, behold, he stood by the camels at the well.

Genesis 24:47
And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter art thou? And she said, the daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bare unto him: and I put the earring upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands.

Judges 8:24
Gideon said to them, "I would make a request of you, that you would give me every man the earrings of his spoil." (For they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.)

Judges 8:25
They answered, "We will willingly give them." They spread a garment, and every man threw the earrings of his spoil into it.

Job 42:11
Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.

Proverbs 25:12
As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover to an obedient ear.



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Drop (32 Occurrences)

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