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As is well known, is made of the fine fibers of flax, and was much used by the ancients. Four different words in Hebrew are translated in our Bible, "Linen," "fine linen," and "silk:" PISHTAH, Judges 15:14 Ezekiel 44:17,18 ; BAD, worn by the priests, Exodus 28:42 39:28 , and by king David, etc., 2 Samuel 6:14 ; SHESH, worn by Joseph when governor of Egypt, Genesis 41:42 , and by the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31:22 , (see SILK ;) and BUTZ, of which the veil of the temple and David's outer mantle were made,

1 Chronicles 15:27 2 Chronicles 2:14 3:14 5:12 . These words may indicate different qualities of linen, but are thought to mean in part cloth of different materials, particularly the last two. Some think BUTZ, in Latin byssus, denotes cotton cloth, and SHESH that made of hemp. See Revelation 15:6 19:8 .

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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Linen'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. 1859.

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