fringes

fringes (Tassels, borders, hems)

A common decoration on Near Eastern garments. The oldest rule about fringes in the OT says simply, “You shall make tassels on the four corners of the cloak with which you cover yourself” (Deut 22:12). The more elaborate command in Num 15:38-40 says that the tassels shall be of blue cord and function as a reminder to obey the commandments. In the Gospels the woman with the hemorrhage touches the fringe of Jesus’s garment (Matt 9:20; Luke 8:44), and other sick wish to do likewise (Mark 6:56; Matt 14:36). Jesus criticizes Pharisees for hypocrisy in wearing ostentatious fringes (Matt 23:5).

Deut 22:12

12You shall make tassels on the four corners of the cloak with which you cover yourself.

Num 15:38-40

38Speak to the Israelites, and tell them to make fringes on the corners of their garments throughout their generations and to put a blue cord on the fringe at e ... View more

Matt 9:20

20Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak,

Luke 8:44

44She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his clothes, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped.

Mark 6:56

56And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cl ... View more

Matt 14:36

36and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

Matt 23:5

5They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long.

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