Ouches

Ouches [N]

an Old English word denoting cavities or sockets in which gems were set ( Exodus 28:11 ).

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M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible

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Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Ouches". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

Ouches

Settings for gems; sockets.

With the work of an engraver in stone, like the engravings of a signet, shalt thou engrave the two stones with the names of the children of Israel: thou shalt make them to be set in OUCHES of gold. ( Exodus 28:11 )

Source: A King James Dictionary. (Used with permission. Copyright © Philip P. Kapusta)

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"Entry for 'Ouches'". A King James Dictionary.

OUCHES

ouch'-ez, -iz (mishbetsoth (Exodus 28:11,13,14,25; 39:6,13,16,18) the American Standard Revised Version "settings," but in Exodus 39:13, "inclosings"):

The secondary meaning of this now archaic word is the gold or silver setting of a precious stone. In Exodus, where it occurs 8 times, it is clear that the gold settings of the engraved stones forming the breast-plate of the high priest are intended; the onyx stones forming the fibula or brooch for holding together the two sides of the breast-plate being said to be "enclosed in ouches (settings) of gold" (Exodus 39:6). Not only were these two onyx or beryl stones so set, but the 12 stones forming the front of the breast-plate were "inclosed in gold in their settings" (Exodus 28:20). The same word occurs in Psalms 45:13, where the king's daughter is said to have her clothing "in-wrought with gold," i.e. embroidered with gold thread or wire. Exodus 39:3 tells us how this wire was produced. From this fact it may be inferred that the settings of the breast-plate were not solid pieces of gold, but were formed of woven wire wreathed round the stones, in a sort of filigree.

See also STONES, PRECIOUS.

W. Shaw Caldecott


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Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'OUCHES'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.