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jū´el , jōō´el : An ornament of gold, silver or of precious stones in the form of armlet, bracelet, anklet, nose-ring, etc. Oriental dress yields itself freely to such adornment, to which there are many allusions in Scripture. a frequent term in Hebrew is kelı̄ ("utensil," "vessel"), coupled with mention of "gold" or "silver" or both ( Genesis 24:53; Exodus 3:22; Exodus 11:2; Exodus 12:35; Exodus 35:22; 1 Samuel 6:8 , 1 Samuel 6:15 , etc.; the Revised Version (British and American) in 2 Chronicles 32:27 translations "vessels"). In Song of Solomon 1:10 , where the King James Version has "rows (of jewels)," the Revised Version (British and American) has "plaits (of hair)"; in Song of Solomon 7:1 , the word is from a root ḥālāh , meaning "to adorn." In 3 instances in the King James Version "jewel" represents the Hebrew nezem (Proverbs 11:22; Isaiah 3:21; Ezekiel 16:12 ); the American Standard Revised Version changes Proverbs 11:22 to "ring" Septuagint here = "earring"), and both the English Revised Version and the American Standard Revised Version have "ring" in Ezekiel 16:12 . The familiar phrase in Malachi 3:17 , "in that day when I make up my jewels," becomes in the English Revised Version, "in the day that I do make, even a peculiar treasure" (margin "or, wherein I do make a peculiar treasure"), and in the American Standard Revised Version, "even mine own possession, in the day that I make" (margin "or, do this"). See, further, ORNAMENT; DRESS; STONES , PRECIOUS .

Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Jewel'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/​encyclopedias/​eng/​isb/​j/jewel.html. 1915.
 
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