Precious Stones In The Bible

Gems in the Bible were used to represent many different things. Throughout the Bible, precious stones were used as adornment, a tribute to God, to obtain wisdom, and as a reminder of our mortality. Many of these are linked to the name of God and the characteristics that he displays.

Precious stones in the Bible were used as adornment and as jewelry. They were made of gems, which are solid, durable crystals of varying chemical composition that show a high refractive index, colorful or not. These stones were used to decorate sacred places in buildings like the Tabernacle and Temple in Jerusalem.

For a stone to be considered precious, it must have special characteristics such as appearance, hardness, and durability. We will be discussing the possibility that many stones classified as semiprecious may actually be far more common in the Bible than precious or noteworthy stones. Much of this study was based on Wisdom of Solomon 10:10-20.

Precious stones have been mined in the Bible lands since the beginning of time. They are mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible and there is evidence that they were used by early man to make jewelry. The stones formed from minerals that were inside an earth crust and when exposed to high heat, crystallized under immense weight.

Precious Stones In The Bible

The foundations of the wall of the city New Jerusalem were adorned with every precious stone. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; the fifth, sardonyx;’ the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst (Rev. 21:19, 20);

that these precious stones signify the truths of the church, which are truths Divine, is evident from the signification of the city New Jerusalem, of its wall, and the foundations of the wall. The New Jerusalem signifies the New Church which will succeed our present church; for the book of the Apocalypse treats of the state of the church as it is now, even to its end; and then of the New Church, which is the holy Jerusalem coming down out of heaven; its walls denote the truths of faith which defend; and its foundations denote truths from good; these truths themselves in their order are designated by the precious stones there named. Everyone can see that Jerusalem is not to come down out of heaven, and that the rest of what is said about it will not happen as described; but that in each particular of the description such things are signified as pertain to the church. That the truths of faith are meant by the foundations of its wall, is evident from the fact that these truths are what protect the church from every attack, even as walls protect a city. That Jerusalem denotes the church, (AC 2117, 9166); and that walls denote the truths of faith that protect the church, (AC 6419); and that foundations denote truths from good, (AC 9643).

Precious Stones In The Bible

Ezekiel 28:13 ESV / 115 helpful votes 

You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle; and crafted in gold were your settings and your engravings. On the day that you were created they were prepared.

Revelation 21:19 ESV / 75 helpful votes 

The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel. The first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald,

1 Chronicles 29:2 ESV / 68 helpful votes 

So I have provided for the house of my God, so far as I was able, the gold for the things of gold, the silver for the things of silver, and the bronze for the things of bronze, the iron for the things of iron, and wood for the things of wood, besides great quantities of onyx and stones for setting, antimony, colored stones, all sorts of precious stones and marble.

Job 28:18 ESV / 67 helpful votes 

No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal; the price of wisdom is above pearls.

Exodus 28:17 ESV / 67 helpful votes 

You shall set in it four rows of stones. A row of sardius, topaz, and carbuncle shall be the first row;

Exodus 28:19 ESV / 64 helpful votes 

And the third row a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst;

Revelation 21:11 ESV / 62 helpful votes 

Having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.

Revelation 4:3 ESV / 59 helpful votes 

And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald.

Isaiah 54:12 ESV / 59 helpful votes 

I will make your pinnacles of agate, your gates of carbuncles, and all your wall of precious stones.

Proverbs 3:15 ESV / 58 helpful votes 

She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her.

Revelation 21:20 ESV / 57 helpful votes 

The fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst.

Exodus 28:20 ESV / 57 helpful votes 

And the fourth row a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper. They shall be set in gold filigree.

Exodus 39:12 ESV / 56 helpful votes 

And the third row, a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst;

Song of Solomon 5:14 ESV / 55 helpful votes 

His arms are rods of gold, set with jewels. His body is polished ivory, bedecked with sapphires.

Job 28:16 ESV / 54 helpful votes 

It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, in precious onyx or sapphire.

Ezekiel 27:16 ESV / 53 helpful votes 

Syria did business with you because of your abundant goods; they exchanged for your wares emeralds, purple, embroidered work, fine linen, coral, and ruby.

Exodus 39:13 ESV / 53 helpful votes 

And the fourth row, a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper. They were enclosed in settings of gold filigree.

Jeremiah 17:1 ESV / 52 helpful votes 

“The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron; with a point of diamond it is engraved on the tablet of their heart, and on the horns of their altars,

Exodus 28:18 ESV / 50 helpful votes 

And the second row an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond;

Exodus 39:10 ESV / 49 helpful votes 

And they set in it four rows of stones. A row of sardius, topaz, and carbuncle was the first row;

Genesis 2:12 ESV / 48 helpful votes 

And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there.

Job 28:19 ESV / 47 helpful votes 

The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it, nor can it be valued in pure gold.

Exodus 28:17-20 ESV / 47 helpful votes 

You shall set in it four rows of stones. A row of sardius, topaz, and carbuncle shall be the first row; and the second row an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond; and the third row a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst; and the fourth row a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper. They shall be set in gold filigree.

1 Corinthians 3:12 ESV / 45 helpful votes 

Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—

Proverbs 8:11 ESV / 44 helpful votes 

For wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.

1 Kings 10:2 ESV / 44 helpful votes 

She came to Jerusalem with a very great retinue, with camels bearing spices and very much gold and precious stones. And when she came to Solomon, she told him all that was on her mind.

Ezekiel 1:26 ESV / 43 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful

And above the expanse over their heads there was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like sapphire; and seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with a human appearance.

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