Pearl
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Smith's Bible Dictionary
Pearl

(Heb. gabish). The Hebrew word in (Job 28:18) probably means "crystal." Pearls, however are frequently mentioned in the New Testament, (Matthew 13:45; 1 Timothy 2:9; Revelation 17:4; 21:21) and were considered by the ancients among the most precious of gems, and were highly esteemed as ornaments. The kingdom of heaven is compared to a "pearl of great price." In (Matthew 7:6) pearls are used metaphorically for anything of value, or perhaps more especially for "wise sayings." (The finest specimens of the pearl are yielded by the pearl oyster (Avicula margaritifera), still found in abundance in the Persian Gulf and near the coasts of Ceylon, Java and Sumatra. The oysters grow in clusters on rocks in deep water, and the pearl is found inside the shell, and is the result of a diseased secretion caused by the introduction of foreign bodies, as sand, etc., between the mantle and the shell. They are obtained by divers trained to the business. March or April is the time for pearl fishing. A single shell sometimes yields eight to twelve pearls. The size of a good Oriental pearl varies from that of a pea to about three times that size. A handsome necklace of pearls the size of peas is worth ,000. Pearls have been valued as high as ,000 or ,000 apiece.--ED.)

Easton's Bible Dictionary
(Hebrews gabish, Job 28:18; Gr. margarites, Matthew 7:6; 13:46; Revelation 21:21). The pearl oyster is found in the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea. Its shell is the "mother of pearl," which is of great value for ornamental purposes (1 Timothy 2:9; Revelation 17:4). Each shell contains eight or ten pearls of various sizes.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) A fringe or border.

2. (v. t.) To fringe; to border.

3. (n.) A shelly concretion, usually rounded, and having a brilliant luster, with varying tints, found in the mantle, or between the mantle and shell, of certain bivalve mollusks, especially in the pearl oysters and river mussels, and sometimes in certain univalves. It is usually due to a secretion of shelly substance around some irritating foreign particle. Its substance is the same as nacre, or mother-of-pearl. Pearls which are round, or nearly round, and of fine luster, are highly esteemed as jewels, and compare in value with the precious stones.

4. (n.) Hence, figuratively, something resembling a pearl; something very precious.

5. (n.) Nacre, or mother-of-pearl.

6. (n.) A fish allied to the turbot; the brill.

7. (n.) A light-colored tern.

8. (n.) One of the circle of tubercles which form the bur on a deer's antler.

9. (n.) A whitish speck or film on the eye.

10. (n.) A capsule of gelatin or similar substance containing some liquid for medicinal application, as ether.

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. (v. t.) To set or adorn with pearls, or with mother-of-pearl. Used also figuratively.

14. (v. t.) To cause to resemble pearls; to make into small round grains; as, to pearl barley.

15. (v. i.) To resemble pearl or pearls.

16. (v. i.) To give or hunt for pearls; as, to go pearling.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
PEARL

purl.

See STONES, PRECIOUS.

Greek
3135. margarites -- a pearl
... a pearl. Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine Transliteration: margarites Phonetic Spelling:
(mar-gar-ee'-tace) Short Definition: a pearl Definition: a pearl. ...
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Strong's Hebrew
1858. dar -- perhaps pearl or mother-of-pearl
... 1857, 1858. dar. 1859 . perhaps pearl or mother-of-pearl. Transliteration:
dar Phonetic Spelling: (dar) Short Definition: mother-of-pearl. ...
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1378. gabish -- crystal
... pearl. From an unused root (probably meaning to freeze); crystal (from its resemblance
to ice) -- pearl. 1377, 1378. gabish. 1379 . Strong's Numbers.
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1862. Darda -- an Israelite
... NASB Word Usage Darda (1). Darda. Apparently from dar and dea'; pearl of knowledge;
Darda, an Israelite -- Darda. see HEBREW dar. see HEBREW dea'. 1861b, 1862 ...
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6443. peninim -- corals
... ruby. Or paniy {paw-nee'}; from the same as pen; probably a pearl (as round) --
ruby. see HEBREW pen. 6442, 6443. peninim. 6444 . Strong's Numbers.
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916. bedolach -- probably bdellium
... bdellium. Probably from badal; something in pieces, ie Bdellium, a (fragrant) gum
(perhaps amber); others a pearl -- bdellium. see HEBREW badal. 915, 916. ...
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2737. charuz -- string of beads
... chain. From an unused root meaning to perforate; properly, pierced, ie A bead of
pearl, gems or jewels (as strung) -- chain. 2736, 2737. charuz. 2738 . ...
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417. elgabish -- hail
... great hailstones. From 'el and gabiysh; hail (as if a great pearl) -- great
hail(-stones). see HEBREW 'el. see HEBREW gabiysh. 416, 417. elgabish. 418 . ...
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Library

The Pearl
... HYMNS THE PEARL. "When he had found one pearl of great price, he went and sold all
that he had, and bought it.""Matthew 13:46. CPC. ... Found His pearl at last. ...
/.../bevan/hymns of ter steegen and others second series/the pearl.htm

The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price. The Formation and ...
... Book X. 7. The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price. ... I consider it reasonable,
then, to make some inquiry into the nature of the pearl. ...
/.../origen/origens commentary on the gospel of matthew/7 the parable of the.htm

The Pearl.
... VI. THE PEARL. "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man,
seeking goodly pearls: who, when he had found one pearl ...
//christianbookshelf.org/arnot/the parables of our lord/vi the pearl.htm

The Pearl of Great Price.
... THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE. Very similar to the parable of the Hidden Treasure
is this one of the merchant seeking goodly pearls. ...
/.../anonymous/mother stories from the new testament/the pearl of great price.htm

Treasure and Pearl
... TREASURE AND PEARL. ... Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went
and sold all that he had, and bought it.'"Matthew 13:44-46. ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture b/treasure and pearl.htm

Christ the Pearl of Great Price.
... Book X. 9. Christ the Pearl of Great Price. Now you will connect with the
man seeking goodly pearls the saying, "Seek and ye shall ...
/.../origen/origens commentary on the gospel of matthew/9 christ the pearl of.htm

The Pearl of the Gospel in Relation to the Old Testament.
... Book X. 10. The Pearl of the Gospel in Relation to the Old Testament. "To
everything then is its season, and a time for everything ...
/.../origen/origens commentary on the gospel of matthew/10 the pearl of the.htm

The Pearl. Seven Hymns on the Faith.
... The Pearl. Seven Hymns on the Faith. Translated by REV. JB
Morris, MA,. [Oxford Library of the Fathers]. ...
/.../ephraim/hymns and homilies of ephraim the syrian/the pearl seven hymns on.htm

The Pearl, Seven Hymns on the Faith. Hymn i. On a Certain Day a ...
... The Pearl, Seven Hymns on the Faith. Hymn I. On a certain day a pearl did
I take up, my brethren. 1. On a certain day a pearl did ...
/.../ephraim/hymns and homilies of ephraim the syrian/the pearl seven hymns on 2.htm

The Pearl of Great Price.
... THE PARABLES OF THE KINGDOM THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE. "Again, the kingdom
of heaven is like unto a man that is a merchant seeking ...
//christianbookshelf.org/barton/his life/the pearl of great price.htm

Thesaurus
Pearl (5 Occurrences)
... The pearl oyster is found in the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea. Its ... particle.
Its substance is the same as nacre, or mother-of-pearl. ...
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Mother-of-pearl (1 Occurrence)
Mother-of-pearl. Mother-in-law, Mother-of-pearl. Mothers . Noah Webster's
Dictionary ... of pearl oysters, river mussels, and the abalone shells; nacre. ...
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Pearl-drops (1 Occurrence)
Pearl-drops. Pearl, Pearl-drops. Pearls . Multi-Version Concordance
Pearl-drops (1 Occurrence). Isaiah 3:19 the pearl...
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Pearls (8 Occurrences)
... (WEB KJV WEY DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV). Revelation 21:21 The twelve gates were
twelve pearls. Each one of the gates was made of one pearl. ...
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Ruby (5 Occurrences)
... The exact meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain. Some render it "red coral;" others,
"pearl" or "mother-of-pearl.". Noah Webster's Dictionary. ...
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Darda (2 Occurrences)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary Pearl of wisdom, one of the four who were noted for
their wisdom, but whom Solomon excelled (1 Kings 4:31). Int. ...
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Mother-in-law (16 Occurrences)
Mother-in-law. Motherinlaw, Mother-in-law. Mother-of-pearl . ... (WEB JPS ASV BBE
DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV). Motherinlaw, Mother-in-law. Mother-of-pearl . ...
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Peals (7 Occurrences)

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Mothers (27 Occurrences)

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Parable (52 Occurrences)
... The 10 peculiar to Matthew are the Tares, the Hidden Treasure, the Pearl of Great
Price, the Draw Net, the Unmerciful Servant, the Laborers in the Vineyard ...
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Concordance
Pearl (5 Occurrences)

Matthew 13:46
who having found one pearl of great price, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
(WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)

Revelation 18:12
merchandise of gold, silver, precious stones, pearls, fine linen, purple, silk, scarlet, all expensive wood, every vessel of ivory, every vessel made of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble;
(Root in WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Revelation 18:16
saying,'Woe, woe, the great city, she who was dressed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls!
(Root in WEB KJV WEY ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Revelation 21:21
The twelve gates were twelve pearls. Each one of the gates was made of one pearl. The street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
(Root in WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Job 28:18
No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.
(Root in KJV BBE WBS YLT NAS RSV)

Subtopics

Pearl

Pearl: "Pearl of Great Price"

Pearl: Figurative

Pearl: General Scriptures Concerning

Pearl: Ornaments Made of

Pearl: Symbolical

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Value (138 Occurrences)

Union (24 Occurrences)

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Gates (156 Occurrences)

Goes (472 Occurrences)

Whatever (411 Occurrences)

Include (7 Occurrences)

Finding (57 Occurrences)

Finds (71 Occurrences)

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Though (623 Occurrences)

Thyne (1 Occurrence)

Respectively (2 Occurrences)

Resembling (19 Occurrences)

Dayspring (2 Occurrences)

Main (17 Occurrences)

Pendant (1 Occurrence)

Price (181 Occurrences)

Peninnah (2 Occurrences)

Bought (66 Occurrences)

Buys (5 Occurrences)

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Costs (5 Occurrences)

Costly (26 Occurrences)

Consisting (6 Occurrences)

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Article (17 Occurrences)

Sold (92 Occurrences)

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Street (54 Occurrences)

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Glass (12 Occurrences)

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Door (249 Occurrences)

Twelve (176 Occurrences)

Color (18 Occurrences)

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Trade (33 Occurrences)

Gate (248 Occurrences)

Gold (429 Occurrences)

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