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Earring. Earrings were usually worn by the Hebrew women, and by the children of both sexes, Exodus 32:2; more rarely by the men. Asiatic males have, in both ancient and modern times, worn earrings; and the presumption is that the male Hebrews would observe the same custom. The original word generally translated "earring" is ambiguous, and may signify an ornament for the ear or for the nose. In Genesis 35:4; Exodus 32:2, it is so qualified as to mean clearly an earring. In Genesis 24:47; Proverbs 11:22; Isaiah 3:21; Ezekiel 16:12, it is as clearly a nose-jewel; while in Judges 8:24-25; Job 42:11; Proverbs 25:12; Hosea 2:13, it is uncertain.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Earring'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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