linen

linen

A fabric woven from flax yarn. Biblical tradition documents the cultivation of flax and the production of linen cloth (Josh 2:6; Judg 15:14; Prov 31:13; Isa 15:9). The coolness, luster, and strength of linen made it a luxury item (Isa 3:23), graphically illustrated by Samson’s wager of thirty linen garments (Judg 14:12-13). Pharaoh dressed Joseph in garments of “fine linen” (Gen 41:42); Ezekiel describes the sail of a ship of Tyre as made “of fine embroidered linen from Egypt” (Ezek 27:7); Lazarus wore “fine linen” and royal purple in glory (Luke 16:19); and the harlot possessed “colored spreads of Egyptian linen” as bed coverings (Prov 7:16). Fine Egyptian linen was also to be used for the construction of the tabernacle (Exod 26:1; Exod 26:31; Exod 26:36; Exod 27:9) and the priestly garments (Exod 28:6; Exod 28:8; Exod 28:15; Exod 28:39; Exod 28:42). Garments made of linen and wool (“two different materials”) were prohibited (Lev 19:19; Deut 22:11; Ezek 44:17-18). The body of Jesus was wrapped in a “linen shroud” (Matt 27:59; Mark 15:46; Luke 23:53; John 19:39).

Josh 2:6

6She had, however, brought them up to the roof and hidden them with the stalks of flax that she had laid out on the roof.

Judg 15:14

14When he came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting to meet him; and the spirit of the Lord rushed on him, and the ropes that were on his arms became like fla ... View more

Prov 31:13

13She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.

Isa 15:9

9For the waters of Dibon are full of blood;
yet I will bring upon Dibon even more—
a lion for those of Moab who escape,
for the remnant of the land.

Isa 3:23

23the garments of gauze, the linen garments, the turbans, and the veils.

Judg 14:12-13

12Samson said to them, “Let me now put a riddle to you. If you can explain it to me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you th ... View more

Gen 41:42

42Removing his signet ring from his hand, Pharaoh put it on Joseph's hand; he arrayed him in garments of fine linen, and put a gold chain around his neck.

Ezek 27:7

7Of fine embroidered linen from Egypt
was your sail,
serving as your ensign;
blue and purple from the coasts of Elishah
was your awning.

Luke 16:19

The Rich Man and Lazarus
19“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.

Prov 7:16

16I have decked my couch with coverings,
colored spreads of Egyptian linen;

Exod 26:1

The Tabernacle
1Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twisted linen, and blue, purple, and crimson yarns; you shall make them with ch ... View more

Exod 26:31

The Curtain
31You shall make a curtain of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and of fine twisted linen; it shall be made with cherubim skillfully worked into it.

Exod 26:36

36You shall make a screen for the entrance of the tent, of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and of fine twisted linen, embroidered with needlework.

Exod 27:9

The Court and Its Hangings
9You shall make the court of the tabernacle. On the south side the court shall have hangings of fine twisted linen one hundred cubits ... View more

Exod 28:6

The Ephod
6They shall make the ephod of gold, of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and of fine twisted linen, skillfully worked.

Exod 28:8

8The decorated band on it shall be of the same workmanship and materials, of gold, of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and of fine twisted linen.

Exod 28:15

The Breastplate
15You shall make a breastpiece of judgment, in skilled work; you shall make it in the style of the ephod; of gold, of blue and purple and crimso ... View more

Exod 28:39

39You shall make the checkered tunic of fine linen, and you shall make a turban of fine linen, and you shall make a sash embroidered with needlework.

Exod 28:42

42You shall make for them linen undergarments to cover their naked flesh; they shall reach from the hips to the thighs;

Lev 19:19

19You shall keep my statutes. You shall not let your animals breed with a different kind; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed; nor shall you put ... View more

Deut 22:11

11You shall not wear clothes made of wool and linen woven together.

Ezek 44:17-18

17When they enter the gates of the inner court, they shall wear linen vestments; they shall have nothing of wool on them, while they minister at the gates of th ... View more

Matt 27:59

59So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth

Mark 15:46

46Then Joseph bought a linen cloth, and taking down the body, wrapped it in the linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. He then r ... View more

Luke 23:53

53Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid.

John 19:39

39Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds.

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