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Used as an ornament to decorate the fingers, arms, wrists, and also the ears and the nose. Rings were used as a signet (Ge 38:18). They were given as a token of investment with authority (Ge 41:42; Es 3:8-10; 8:2), and of favour and dignity (Lu 15:22). They were generally worn by rich men (Jas 2:2). They are mentioned by Isiah (Isa 3:21) among the adornments of Hebrew women.

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tabaath, "to impress with a seal." (See EARRING.) Used as "a signet" (Ge 38:18, chothem), worn on the hand, or suspended, as the Arabs do, by a cord from the neck. Pharaoh's transfer of his ring from his finger to Joseph betokened his investing him with royal authority (Ge 41:42; a device, as the beetle or the owner's name, was engraven on it, Ex 28:11). So Ahasuerus in the case of Haman (Es 3:8-10), and Mordecai (Es 8:2). In Lu 15:22 it is the father's token of favor, dignity, and sonship to the prodigal; Roman slaves wore no gold rings. We are no longer slaves, but God's free sons when we believe, and receive the Holy Spirit as the pledge of sonship and earnest of sharing the Father's glory (Ga 4:3-7). Rich men (especially Romans of the equestrian order, whose badge the ring was) wore many rings on the left hand (Jas 2:2). Greek "golden-ringed," not merely with one ring.

Christians derived the usage of the wedding ring from the Jews. The ring was treasured much, and so symbolizes what is most precious to us (Jer 22:24, Jehoiachin's popularity is alluded to); the signet ring was worn on the right hand (contrast Hag 2:23). A costly sacrifice to the Lord (Ex 35:22). Song 5:14, "his hands" bent are compared to "rings" in which "beryls" are set, as the nails in the fingers; compare as to our names being "sealed" upon His heart, Song 8:6, and palms, Isa 49:16. The bride desires herself to be a signet ring on His arm. God in turn seals us with His signet (Re 7:2-4), "I will make thee as a signet" (Hag 2:23), i.e. an object of constant regard, as the ring is ever before the eye. Christ the Antitype is always in the Father's presence, ever pleasing in His sight; so we, through Him our representative. The signet represents legally the owner; so Christ wields the Father's delegated authority (Mt 28:18; Joh 5:22-23).

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The ring was regarded as an indispensable article of a Hebrew's attire, inasmuch as it contained his signet. It was hence the symbol of authority.

Ge 41:42; Es 3:10

Rings were worn not only by men, but by women.

Isa 3:21

We may conclude from

Ex 28:11

that the rings contained a stone engraven with a device or with the owner's name. The custom appears also to have prevailed among the Jews of the apostolic age.

Jas 2:2

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