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Chain
        (1.) A part of the insignia of office. A chain of gold was
        placed about Joseph's neck (Gen. 41:42); and one was promised to
        Daniel (5:7). It is used as a symbol of sovereignty (Ezek.
        16:11). The breast-plate of the high-priest was fastened to the
        ephod by golden chains (Ex. 39:17, 21).
        (2.) It was used as an ornament (Prov. 1:9; Cant. 1:10). The
        Midianites adorned the necks of their camels with chains (Judg.
        8:21, 26).
        (3.) Chains were also used as fetters wherewith prisoners were
        bound (Judg. 16:21; 2 Sam. 3:34; 2 Kings 25:7; Jer. 39:7). Paul
        was in this manner bound to a Roman soldier (Acts 28:20; Eph.
        6:20; 2 Tim. 1:16). Sometimes, for the sake of greater security,
        the prisoner was attached by two chains to two soldiers, as in
        the case of Peter (Acts 12:6).

Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. M.A., D.D., "Biblical Meaning for 'Chain' Eastons Bible Dictionary".
bible-history.com - Eastons; 1897.

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