Metal rings connected in series. Made of various metals both base and precious, they were used in ancient Israel for decorative purposes, as jewelry (Ezek 16:11), for architectural ornamentation (1Kgs 7:17), and in assembling the priestly vestments (Exod 28:14). Later, chains were used to bind people (Mark 5:3-4; Acts 12:6-7), replacing fetters and ropes.

Ezek 16:11

11I adorned you with ornaments: I put bracelets on your arms, a chain on your neck,

1Kgs 7:17

17There were nets of checker work with wreaths of chain work for the capitals on the tops of the pillars; seven for the one capital, and seven for the other cap ... View more

Exod 28:14

14and two chains of pure gold, twisted like cords; and you shall attach the corded chains to the settings.

Mark 5:3-4

3He lived among the tombs; and no one could restrain him any more, even with a chain;4for he had often been restrained with shackles and chains, but the chains ... View more

Acts 12:6-7

Peter Delivered from Prison
6The very night before Herod was going to bring him out, Peter, bound with two chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, while guar ... View more

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