Dictionary Mode: easton:Linen
Linen @ (1.) Heb., pishet, pishtah, denotes "flax," of which linen is made Isaiah:19:9); wrought flax, i.e., "linen cloth", Leviticus:13:47-48, 52, 59; Deuteronomy:22:11. Flax was early cultivated in Egypt Exodus:9:31), and also in Palestine Joshua:2:6; Hosea:2:9). Various articles were made of it: garments ( 2Samuel:6:14), girdles Jeremiah:13:1), ropes and thread Ezekiel:40:3), napkins Luke:24:12; John:20:7), turbans Ezekiel:44:18), and lamp-wicks Isaiah:42:3). (2.) Heb. buts, "whiteness;" rendered "fine linen" in 1Chronicles:4:21 1Chronicles:15:27; 2Chronicals:2:14 2Chronicals:3:14; Esther:1:6 Esther:8:15, and "white linen" 2Chronicals:5:12. It is not certain whether this word means cotton or linen. (3.) Heb. bad; rendered "linen" Exodus:28:42 Exodus:39:28; Leviticus:6:10 Leviticus:16:4 Leviticus:16:23, 32; 1Samuel:2:18; 2Samuel:6:14, etc. It is uniformly used of the sacred vestments worn by the priests. The word is from a root signifying "separation." (4.) Heb. shesh; rendered "fine linen" Exodus:25:4 Exodus:26:1-31, 36, etc. In Proverbs:31:22 it is rendered in Authorized Version "silk," and in Revised Version "fine linen." The word denotes Egyptian linen of peculiar whiteness and fineness (byssus). The finest Indian linen, the finest now made, has in an inch one hundred threads of warp and eighty-four of woof; while the Egyptian had sometimes one hundred and forty in the warp and sixty-four in the woof. This was the usual dress of the Egyptian priest. Pharaoh arrayed Joseph in a dress of linen Genesis:41:42). (5.) Heb. 'etun. Proverbs:7:16, "fine linen of Egypt;" in Revised Version, "the yarn of Egypt." (6.) Heb. sadin. Proverbs:31:24, "fine linen;" in Revised Version, "linen garments" Judges:14:12-13; Isaiah:3:23). From this Hebrew word is probably derived the Greek word sindon, rendered "linen" in Mark:14:51-52 Mark:15:46; Matthew:27:59. The word "linen" is used as an emblem of moral purity Revelation:15:6). In Luke:16:19 it is mentioned as a mark of luxury.
Linen-yarn @ (See YARN.)
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