Manners & Customs: Bracelets and Anklets
Bracelets and Anklets in the ancient Bible world.
Anklets in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
(Isaiah 3:16; Isaiah 3:18; Isaiah 3:20.) Women wore ankle
rings on both feet, joined by short chains, which "tinkled" as
they walked, and which made them take gracefully short steps.
Livingstone describes an African chief's wife similarly
wearing "a profusion of iron rings with little pieces of sheet
iron attached to make a tinkling as she walked in her mincing
Anklets in Smiths Bible Dictionary
This word does not occur in the Authorized Version; but
anklets are referred to in Isa 3:16,18,20 They were fastened
to the ankle band of each leg; were as common as bracelets and
armlets and made of much the same material. The pleasant
jingling and tinkling which they made as they knocked against
each other was no doubt one of the reasons why they were
admired, They are still worn in the East.
Anklets in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
an'-klet, an'-k'-l-chan: "Anklets" is rightly found in Isa
3:18 the Revised Version (British and American), and "ankle-
chains" in Nu 31:50 the Revised Version (British and
American). A cognate word of essentially the same meaning is
used in Isa 3:20, and is rendered by the King James Version
"ornaments of the legs." It was these "anklets" that Isaiah
represented the ladies of Jerusalem as "rattling" as they
walked (Isa 3:16 to end), "making a tinkling with their feet";
and a part of the punishment threatened is, "The Lord will
take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their
feet" (Isa 3:16 the King James Version).
Anklets Scripture - Isaiah 3:16
Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are
haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes,
walking and mincing [as] they go, and making a tinkling with
Anklets Scripture - Isaiah 3:18
In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of [their]
tinkling ornaments [about their feet], and [their] cauls, and
[their] round tires like the moon,
Anklets Scripture - Isaiah 3:20
The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands,
and the tablets, and the earrings,
Armlets in Smiths Bible Dictionary
an ornament universal in the East, especially among women;
used by princes as one of the insignia of royalty, and by
distinguished persons in general. The word is not used in the
Authorized Version, as even in 2Sa 1:10 it is rendered by "the
bracelet on his arm."
Bracelets in Easton's Bible Dictionary
(1.) Anklets (Num. 31:50; 2 Sam. 1:10), and with reference
(2.) The rendering of a Hebrew word meaning
in Gen. 24:22, 30, 47.
(3.) In Isa. 3:19, the rendering of a Hebrew word
chains, i.e., twisted or chain-like bracelets.
(4.) In Ex. 35:22 it designates properly a clasp for
the dress of females. Some interpret it as a nose-
(5.) In Gen. 38:18, 25, the rendering of a Hebrew
"thread," and may denote the ornamental cord with
signet was suspended from the neck of the wearer.
Bracelets were worn by men as well as by women
R.V.). They were of many various forms. The weight
presented by Eliezer to Rebekah was ten shekels
Bracelets in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
Armlet which encircled the arm, as BRACELETS the wrist. (See
ARMLET.) In Genesis 38:18; Genesis 38:25, instead of
"bracelets" translate (pathiyb) "the ribband" or guard by
which Judah's signet was suspended to his neck. In Isaiah 3:19
wreathed chainwork bracelets are meant, as the root of sheerah
implies. Bracelets of fine twisted gold are still common in
Egypt. Men wore them as well as women. The Assyrian kings had
"in the center of theirs stars and rosettes, probably inlaid
with precious stones" (Layard). In Exodus 35:22, for
"bracelets" (chach) translate clasp or ring (literally, "a
hook".) The "bracelet on Saul's arm," i.e. armlet, was one of
the insignia of royalty found after his death (2 Samuel 1:10).
Bracelets in Naves Topical Bible
-Worn by women
Ge 24:30; Isa 3:19
-Dedicated to the tabernacle
Ex 35:22; Nu 31:50
-Taken as spoils
Nu 31:50; 2Sa 1:10
Bracelets in Smiths Bible Dictionary
[See ARMLET] Bracelets of fine twisted Venetian gold are still
common in Egypt.
In Ge 38:18,25 the word rendered "bracelet" means
probably a string by which a seal-ring was suspended. Men as
well as women wore bracelets, as we see from So 5:14 Layard
says of the Assyrian kings, "The arms were encircled by
armlets, and the wrists by bracelets."
Bracelets in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
bras'-let ('ets`adhah, chach, tsamidh, pathil, sheroth):
Used to translate a number of Hebrew words, only one of
which means a band for the arm ('ets`adhah), as in 2 Sam
1:10, "the bracelet that was on his arm." In Ex 35:22, where
both men and women are said to have brought as offerings
among other "jewels of gold" "bracelets" (the Revised
Version (British and American) "brooches"), another word
(chach) is used, meaning most likely nose-rings (see RING).
The bracelet asked of Judah by Tamar as a pledge ("Thy
signet, and thy b., and thy staff that is in thy hand," Gen
38:18,25 the King James Version) was probably the cord of
softly-twisted wool for the shepherd's headdress (pathil;
the Revised Version (British and American) "cord"). The
bracelets ("two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels
weight of gold") which Abraham's servant gave to Rebekah
stand for still another word (tsamidh). These "bracelets"
are always spoken of as "bracelets for the hands," or as
"put upon the hands" (Gen 24:47, compare Ezek 16:11; 23:42).
Isaiah, predicting the day when Yahweh will smite the
haughty daughters of Zion, who "walk with outstretched necks
and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making
a tinkling with their feet," says, "In that day the Lord
will take away the beauty of their anklets .... the
bracelets" (3:19, sheroth) etc., where some translate
"twisted ornaments," leaving it uncertain as to just what is
specifically meantú In 2 Sam 1:10 the bracelet appears with
the crown as one of the royal insignia. In 2 Ki 11:12,
according to Wellhausen, W. R. Smith (OTJC2, 311n.) and oth
ers, we should read, "Then he brought out the king's son,
and put the crown upon him and gave him bracelets" ... for
"testimony" ... See DB.
Today, as of old, the bracelet is multiform and a favorite
ornament in the East. It is made of gold, silver, copper,
brass, glass and even enameled earthenware, and in many
designs: flat band, plain ring, interlinked rings, as well
as of twisted wires, connected squares, solid or perforated,
with or without pendants (Mackie).
When owned by women, bracelets had the special the
commendation, along with other jewelry, of being
inalienable--not to be taken by the husband in case of
divorce, nor seized and sold for his debts. "Even now," says
Rice (Orientalisms, etc., 41), "in Moslem lands a woman may
be divorced without legal process, at the freak of her
husband, but she can carry away undisputed any amount of
gold, silver, jewels, precious stones, or apparel that she
has loaded on her person; so she usually wears all her
treasures on her person, not knowing when the fateful word
may be spoken."
Bracelets Scripture - 2 Samuel 1:10
So I stood upon him, and slew him, because I was sure that he
could not live after that he was fallen: and I took the crown
that [was] upon his head, and the bracelet that [was] on his
arm, and have brought them hither unto my lord.
Bracelets Scripture - Exodus 35:22
And they came, both men and women, as many as were willing
hearted, [and] brought bracelets, and earrings, and rings, and
tablets, all jewels of gold: and every man that offered
[offered] an offering of gold unto the LORD.
Bracelets Scripture - Genesis 24:22
And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the
man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight, and two
bracelets for her hands of ten [shekels] weight of gold;
Bracelets Scripture - Genesis 24:30
And it came to pass, when he saw the earring and bracelets
upon his sister's hands, and when he heard the words of
Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spake the man unto me; that
he came unto the man; and, behold, he stood by the camels at
Bracelets Scripture - Genesis 38:18
And he said, What pledge shall I give thee? And she said, Thy
signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staff that [is] in thine
hand. And he gave [it] her, and came in unto her, and she
conceived by him.
Bracelets Scripture - Genesis 38:25
When she [was] brought forth, she sent to her father in law,
saying, By the man, whose these [are, am] I with child: and
she said, Discern, I pray thee, whose [are] these, the signet,
and bracelets, and staff.
Bracelets Scripture - Isaiah 3-19
The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers,
Among the women there was more apt to be ornamentation than among the men. Peter and Paul condemned an elaborate braiding of women's hair (I Peter 3:3; 1 Timothy 2:9), and the use of ornaments may possibly have been involved in the custom. Earrings were at one time worn by the women of Jacob's family (Genesis 35:4). And the golden earrings of the Israelitish women contributed to the making by Aaron of the golden calf (Exodus 32:2). These earrings, as now worn in the East, have as their main design the form of balls, long pendants, crescents, or disks. On behalf of his master, Abraham's servant had two bracelets ready to give Rebekah (Genesis 24:22). In recent years these are made of gold, silver, brass, or colored glass. In the third chapter of his prophecy, Isaiah lists many feminine ornaments. Necklaces or pendants are referred to also (Isaiah 3:19). Today they take the form of balls, squares, or hollow cylinders. Anklets, now having bells and disks attached, are also mentioned in this chapter (Isaiah 3:18). These are worn by Bedouin women today. Noserings also worn by these women were a part of Isaiah's list of feminine ornaments (Isaiah 3:21) Amulets were worn in Isaiah's day (Isaiah 3:20) and still are worn in the East as a charm to protect a person from various kinds of evil. [Manners And Customs of Bible Lands]
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