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Fringes. The Israelites were commanded to put fringes upon their garments, Numbers 15:38-39; Deuteronomy 22:12, a kind of edging which would prevent the ends of the cloth from unravelling; also in the corners possibly of the outer garment, which was quadrangular, there was to be a narrow blue ribbon. These fringes or borders were in process of time enlarged; and it was one part of the superstition of the Pharisee so to enlarge them as to attract special notice. Matthew 23:5. Hence there was a kind of sacredness attributed to the hem of the garment; and this seems to have been the reason why diseased persons specially desired to touch the hem of Christ's garment. Matthew 9:20; Matthew 14:36; Luke 8:44.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Fringes'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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