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Dictionaries :: Jasper

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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Jasper:

(Heb. yashpheh, "glittering"), a gem of various colours, one of the twelve inserted in the high priest's breast-plate (Exd 28:20). It is named in the building of the New Jerusalem (Rev 21:18,19). It was "most precious," "clear as crystal" (21:11). It was emblematic of the glory of God (4:3).

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g2393 Greek: iaspis

Jasper:

a Phoenician word (cp. Heb. yash'pheh, e.g., Exd 28:20; 39:16), seems to have denoted a translucent stone of various colors, especially that of fire, Rev 4:3; 21:11, 18, 19. The sardius and the jasper, of similar color, were the first and last stones on the breastplate of the high priest, Exd 28:17, 20.

Smith's Bible Dictionary

Jasper:

a precious stone frequently noticed in Scripture. It was the last of the twelve inserted in the high priest's breastplate (Exodus 28:20; 39:13) and the first of the twelve used in the foundations of the new Jerusalem (Revelation 21:19). The characteristics of the stone as far as they are specified in Scripture (Revelation 21:11) are that it "was most precious," and "like crystal;" we may also infer from Revelation 4:3 that it was a stone of brilliant and transparent light. The stone which we name "jasper" does not accord with this description. There can be no doubt that the diamond would more adequately answer to the description in the book of Revelation.

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