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Chains were used,
  1. As badges of office;
  2. For ornament;
  3. For confining prisoners.
  4. the gold chain placed about Joseph's neck, (Genesis 41:42 ) and that promised to Daniel, (Daniel 5:7 ) are instances of the first use. In (Ezekiel 16:11 ) the chain is mentioned as the symbol of sovereignty.
  5. Chains for ornamental purposes were worn by men as well as women. (Proverbs 1:9 ) Judith 10:4 . The Midianites adorned the necks of their camels with chains. (Judges 8:21,26 ) Step-chains were attached to the ankle-rings. (Isaiah 3:16,18 )
  6. The means adopted for confining prisoners among the Jews were fetters similar to our handcuffs. (Judges 16:21 ; 2 Samuel 3:34 ; 2 Kings 25:7 ; Jeremiah 39:7 ) Among the Romans the prisoner was handcuffed to his guard, and occasionally to two guards. (Acts 12:6,7 ; 21:33 )

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Chain'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. 1901.

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