Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Re: the jasper stone

A jasper, probably like a diamond, was sparkling clear white, representing purity and holiness.
A reader comments: Jasper is mostly greenish or brownish, yellowish with very little white if any.
Main Entry: jas·per
Function: noun
Pronunciation: 'jas-p&r
Etymology: Middle English jaspre, from Middle French, from Latin jaspis, from Greek iaspis, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew yAshepheh jasper
1 : an opaque cryptocrystalline quartz of any of several colors ; especially : green chalce dony
2 : colored stoneware with raised white decoration
3 : a blackish green
- jas·pery/-p&-re/ adjective
Philips translation speaks of the diamond, see Rev 21:11
Rev 21:10  And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
Rev 21:11  Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

 jasper--From Re 21:11, where it is called most precious, which the jasper was not, EBRARD infers it was a diamond. Ordinarily, the jasper is a stone of various wavy colors, somewhat transparent: in Re 21:11 it represents watery crystalline brightness. (Jamieson, Fausset, Brown)
Whatever, it represents the purity of God, and in the many facets of color of His glory..

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