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The common ensign of royalty and of victory, 2 Chronicles 23:11 ; it is also used symbolically for honour or reward; as "a virtuous woman is a crown to her husband." Proverbs 12:4 . Paul speaks of those whom he had been the means of converting as his 'joy and crown;' his 'crown ofrejoicing.' Philippians 4:1 ; 1 Thessalonians 2:19 .

In the A.V. the word 'crown' represents the word zer , the borderor moulding placed round the top of the ark, the table of showbread, and the altar of incense. Exodus 37:2-27 .

In the N.T. the word commonly rendered 'crown' is στέφανος,which is more a symbol of victory than of royalty. It is applied to the Son of Man and to others, Revelation 6:2 ; Revelation 14:14 ; and to the twenty-four elders in heaven, who cast their crowns before the throne, Revelation 4:4,10 ; also to the perishable crown won by the victors in the ancient contests, and to the imperishable crown of the Christian. 1 Corinthians 9:25 . This latter is further described as a 'crown of righteousness,' 'crown of life,' 'crown of glory.' 2 Timothy 4:8 ; James 1:12 ; 1 Peter 5:4 ; Revelation 2:10 . These may refer to the same crown, viewed in different aspects. The Christian is exhorted to beware that no man take his crown. Revelation 3:11 .

Another Greek word, also translated 'crown,' is really DIADEM, diάδημα, and was the word used for the royal crown of ancient eastern kings. We read of it only in reference to the Lord Jesus as having on His head 'many diadems,' also as upon the 'seven heads' of the 'great red dragon,' and on the 'ten horns' of the head of the future Roman empire. Revelation 12:3 ; Revelation 13:1 ; Revelation 19:12 .

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Crown '. Morrish Bible Dictionary. 1897.

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