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Onyx

Onyx [EBD]

a hail; claw; hoof, (Heb. shoham), a precious stone adorning the breast-plate of the high priest and the shoulders of the ephod (Ex. 28:9-12, 20; 35:27; Job 28:16; Ezek. 28:13). It was found in the land of Havilah (Gen. 2:12). The LXX. translates the Hebrew word by smaragdos, an emerald. Some think that the sardonyx is meant. But the onyx differs from the sardonyx in this, that while the latter has two layers (black and white) the former has three (black, white, and red).

Onyx [NAVE]

ONYX
Precious stone, Job 28:16; Ezek. 28:13.
Used in erecting the temple, 1 Chr. 29:2.
Seen in the foundations of the city of the New Jerusalem in John's apocalyptic vision, Rev. 21:20.
Exported from Havilah, Gen. 2:12.
Used in the breastplate, Ex. 28:9-12, 20; 39:6, 13.
Contributed by Israelites for the priests' garments, Ex. 25:7; 35:9.

ONYX [SMITH]

(a nail) is the translation of the Hebrew shoham ; but there is some doubt as to its signification. Some writers believe that the "beryl" is intended; but the balance of authority is in favor of some variety of the onyx. ("The onyx is not a transparent stone, but as the color of the flesh appears through the nail (Greek onyx) on the human body, so the reddish mass which is below shines delicately through the whitish surface of the onyx. There are several varieties. White and reddish stripes alternating form the sardonyx; white and reddish gray, the chalcedony. When polished it has a fine lustre, and is easily wrought into a gem of great beauty."-Rosenmiller.

ONYX [ISBE]

ONYX - on'-iks o'-niks.

See STONES, PRECIOUS.


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