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THE HIGH PRIEST’S GARMENTS

EXODUS 28 © Mark Barry 2007. Please do not republish without permission, but feel free to copy for personal use.

TURBAN of fine linen BREASTPLATE OF


above a golden plate, JUDGEMENT - a square
engraved with the words, of fabric made of linen
“Holy to the Lord”. in gold, blue, purple
The engraved plate and scarlet yarns, and
symbolised the bearing of doubled over. The piece
the people’s guilt on the was held in place with
high priest’s head. (36-39) cords of gold, attached
to golden rings. Set in
the breastplate were four
rows of three stones set in
gold, each engraved with
the name of one of the
SHOULDER PIECES
twelve tribes. (15-29)
- two onyx stones in
gold settings, engraved
with the names of
the sons of Israel for
“rememberance”. (9-12)
12 STONES were each
engraved with the name
of one of the twelve tribes:

1) sardius, topaz, &


URIM & THUMMIM
carbuncle
- Held within the
2) emerald, sapphire, &
breastpiece next to
diamond
the high priest’s heart,
3) jacinth, agate, &
symbolising the bearing
amethyst
of the people’s judgement
4) beryl, onyx, & jasper
before the Lord. These
were probably used for
The high priest would
making decisions on
carry the names of
particular matters. (30)
the tribes on his heart
into the Holy Place for
“remembrance before the
Lord”. (17-20)

SASH embroidered with


needlework. (39)

UNDERGARMENTS
made from linen, covering
the “naked flesh” from the
EPHOD - a linen garment hips to the thighs, so the
made of gold, blue, purple high priest doesn’t bear
and scarlet yarns, held by guilt in the Holy Place and
a woven waistband. (6-8) die. (42-43)