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Reference: Breastplate

American

A piece of embroidery, about ten inches square, Ex 28:15-30, of very rich work, which the high priest wore on his breast. It was made of two pieces of the same rich embroidered stuff of which the ephod was made, having a front and a lining, and forming a kind of purse or bag, in which, according to the rabbins, the Urim and Thummim were enclosed. The front of it was set with twelve precious stones, on each of which was engraved the name of one of the tribes. They were placed in four rows, and divided from each other by the little golden squares or partitions in which they were set. At each corner was a gold ring answering to a ring upon the ephod, these four pairs of rings serving to hold the breastplate in its place on the front of the ephod, by means of four blue ribands, one at each corner.

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Easton

(1.) That piece of ancient armour that protected the breast. This word is used figuratively in Eph 6:14; Isa 59:17. (See Armour.)

(2.) An ornament covering the breast of the high priest, first mentioned in Ex 25:7. It was made of embroidered cloth, set with four rows of precious stones, three in each row. On each stone was engraved the name of one of the twelve tribes (Ex 28:15-29; 39:8-21). It was in size about ten inches square. The two upper corners were fastened to the ephod by blue ribbons. It was not to be "loosed from the ephod" (Ex 28:28). The lower corners were fastened to the girdle of the priest. As it reminded the priest of his representative character, it was called the memorial (Ex 28:29). It was also called the breastplate of judgment (Ex 28:15). (See Priest.)

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Hastings

Morish

Armour for the breast.

1. of righteousness (for Christ), Isa 59:17; (for the Christian's conflict in the heavenlies). Eph 6:14.

2. of faith and love (for the wilderness). 1Th 5:8.

3. of iron (steeled conscience). Re 9:9.

4. of fire, jacinth, and brimstone (dire judgements). Re 9:17. See ARMOUR.

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Smith

Breastplate.

[ARMS]

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Watsons

BREASTPLATE, or PECTORAL, one part of the priestly vestments, belonging to the Jewish high priests. It was about ten inches square, Ex 28:13-31; and consisted of a folded piece of the same rich embroidered stuff of which the ephod was made. It was worn on the breast of the high priest, and was set with twelve precious stones, on each of which was engraven the name of one of the tribes. They were set in four rows, three in each row, and were divided from each other by the little golden squares or partitions in which they were set. The names of these stones, and that of the tribe engraven on them, as also their disposition on the breastplate, are usually given as follows; but what stones really answer to the Hebrew name, is for the most part very uncertain:

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