Ear @ used frequently in a figurative sense Psalms:34:15). To "uncover the ear" is to show respect to a person ( 1Samuel:20:2 marg.). To have the "ear heavy", or to have "uncircumcised ears" Isaiah:6:10), is to be inattentive and disobedient. To have the ear "bored" through with an awl was a sign of perpetual servitude Exodus:21:6).
Earnest @ The Spirit is the earnest of the believer's destined inheritance ( 2Corinthians:1:222Corinthians:5:5; Ephesians:1:14). The word thus rendered is the same as that rendered "pledge" in Genesis:38:17-20; "indeed, the Hebrew word has simply passed into the Greek and Latin languages, probably through commercial dealings with the Phoenicians, the great trading people of ancient days. Originally it meant no more than a pledge; but in common usage it came to denote that particular kind of pledge which is a part of the full price of an article paid in advance; and as it is joined with the figure of a seal when applied to the Spirit, it seems to be used by Paul in this specific sense." The Spirit's gracious presence and working in believers is a foretaste to them of the blessedness of heaven. God is graciously pleased to give not only pledges but foretastes of future blessedness.
Earrings @ rings properly for the ear Genesis:35:4; Numbers:31:50; Ezekiel:16:12). In Genesis:24:47 the word means a nose-jewel, and is so rendered in the Revised Version. In Isaiah:3:20 the Authorized Version has "ear-rings," and the Revised Version "amulets," which more correctly represents the original word (lehashim), which means incantations; charms, thus remedies against enchantment, worn either suspended from the neck or in the ears of females. Ear-rings were ornaments used by both sexes Exodus:32:2).
Earth @ (1.) In the sense of soil or ground, the translation of the word _adamah'_. In Genesis:9:20 "husbandman" is literally "man of the ground or earth." Altars were to be built of earth Exodus:20:24). Naaman asked for two mules' burden of earth ( 2Kings:5:17), under the superstitious notion that Jehovah, like the gods of the heathen, could be acceptably worshipped only on his own soil. (2). As the rendering of _'erets_, it means the whole world Genesis:1:2); the land as opposed to the sea (1:10). _Erets_ also denotes a country (21:32); a plot of ground (23:15); the ground on which a man stands (33:3); the inhabitants of the earth (6:1; 11:1); all the world except Israel ( 2Chronicals:13:9). In the New Testament "the earth" denotes the land of Judea Matthew:23:35); also things carnal in contrast with things heavenly John:3:31; Colossians:3:1-2).