Saltwater submarine growth composed of the calcareous remains of anthozoan polyps. Pieces of coral were considered precious (Job 28:18). They were considered the epitome of the color red (Lam 4:7) and were important trade goods (Ezek 27:16). Found in both Mediterranean and Red Sea coastal waters, coral was a popular material for beads and various forms of jewelry.

Job 28:18

18No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal;
the price of wisdom is above pearls.

Lam 4:7

7Her princes were purer than snow,
whiter than milk;
their bodies were more ruddy than coral,
their hair like sapphire.

Ezek 27:16

16Edom did business with you because of your abundant goods; they exchanged for your wares turquoise, purple, embroidered work, fine linen, coral, and rubies.

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