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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Garnish

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gar´nish ( צפה , cippāh , שׁפרה , shiphrāh ; κοσμέω , kosméō ): The word is used twice in the Old Testament. In 2 Chronicles 3:6 , cippāh means "to overlay," or "to plate." Thus, he "garnished" the house or "overlaid" it, "studded" it, with precious stones, and thus adorned and beautified it. In Job 26:13 , shiphrāh is a feminine noun meaning "fairness," "beauty," "brilliancy." "By his Spirit the heavens are garnished," i.e. the clouds are driven off by the wind or breath of Yahweh, and the sky made bright and clear.

In the New Testament (Matthew 12:44; Matthew 23:29 ) the word kosmeō means "set in order," "make ready," "adorn," etc. In Matthew 25:7 it is translated "trimmed," and in Revelation 21:19 "adorned."

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Garnish'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/g/garnish.html. 1915.

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