Luke 15:22

The best robe (stolhn thn prwthn). Stolh is an old word for a fine stately garment that comes down to the feet (from stello, to prepare, equip), the kind worn by kings ( Mark 16:5 ; Luke 22:46 ). Literally, "a robe the first." But not the first that you find, but the first in rank and value, the finest in the house. This in contrast with his shabby clothes. A ring (daktulion). Common in classical writers and the LXX, but here only in the N.T. From daktulo, finger. See crusodaktulio in James 2:2 . Shoes (upodhmata). Sandals, "bound under." Both sandals and ring are marks of the freeman as slaves were barefooted.

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