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Ornaments worn in the ear by both men and women. Usually made of gold or silver, they represented valuable possessions and could be used as gifts (Genesis 24:22 , Genesis 24:47 ), even gifts to God (Exodus 32:2 ; Exodus 35:22 ; Numbers 31:50 ; Judges 8:24-26 ). In describing His loving relationship with Israel, God said He had put a ring in her nose and earrings on her ears (Ezekiel 16:12 ). Before returning to Bethel, Jacob got his family to put away their foreign gods and earrings (Genesis 35:2-4 ). These may have been magical apparel with engraving of words supposed to ward off evil. Compare Isaiah 3:20 in KJV (“earrings”) and NAS, NRSV (“amulets”), and NIV (“charms”). More ornamental than the finest gold earring, however, “is the wise reprover on an obedient ear” ( Proverbs 25:12 ). See Jewelry.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Earrings'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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