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Easton's Bible Dictionary
(Heb. peninim), only in plural (Lamentations 4:7
). The ruby was one of the stones in the high priest's breastplate (Exodus 28:17
). A comparison is made between the value of wisdom and rubies (Job 28:18
; Proverbs 3:15
). The price of a virtuous woman is said to be "far above rubies" (Proverbs 31:10
). The exact meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain. Some render it "red coral;" others, "pearl" or "mother-of-pearl."
These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.
Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Ruby'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ebd/r/ruby.html. 1897.