1 An item of Aaron’s ceremonial garb (Exod 28:15; Exod 22-30:15; Exod 39:8-21; Lev 8:8). A kind of pouch, it was a square (about 9 by 9 inche) made by folding in half a rectangular piece of material. The symbolic nature of the breastpiece emerges further from the assemblage of twelve gemstones attached to it, each inscribed like a signet with the name of an Israelite tribe. In addition, the Urim and Thummim were attached to the breastpiece. 2A military garment, a cuirass or plate of metal or mail worn on the chest (1Kgs 22:34). The metaphoric use of breastpiece in (Isa 59:17) and in the NT (Eph 6:14; 1Thess 5:8; Rev 9:9; Rev 9:17) probably stems from the military, protective sense rather than from the ritual priestly usage.

Exod 28:15

The Breastplate
15You shall make a breastpiece of judgment, in skilled work; you shall make it in the style of the ephod; of gold, of blue and purple and crimso ... View more

Exod 22-30:15

Laws of Restitution
1 When someone steals an ox or a sheep, and slaughters it or sells it, the thief shall pay five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep. ... View more

Exod 39:8-21

8He made the breastpiece, in skilled work, like the work of the ephod, of gold, of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and of fine twisted linen.9It was square; th ... View more

Lev 8:8

8He placed the breastpiece on him, and in the breastpiece he put the Urim and the Thummim.

1Kgs 22:34

34But a certain man drew his bow and unknowingly struck the king of Israel between the scale armor and the breastplate; so he said to the driver of his chariot, ... View more

Isa 59:17

17He put on righteousness like a breastplate,
and a helmet of salvation on his head;
he put on garments of vengeance for clothing,
and wrapped himself in fury a ... View more

Eph 6:14

14Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness.

1Thess 5:8

8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.

Rev 9:9

9they had scales like iron breastplates, and the noise of their wings was like the noise of many chariots with horses rushing into battle.

Rev 9:17

17And this was how I saw the horses in my vision: the riders wore breastplates the color of fire and of sapphire and of sulfur; the heads of the horses were lik ... View more

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