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A type of jewelry or bracelet (Exod 35:22; Num 31:50; 2 Sam 1:10; Sirach 21:21; Judith 10:4). Armlets were often worn in the ancient Near East, especially among women, but also by distinguished persons as a sign of royalty.
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Armlets and bracelets adorn this mythical figure at the Assyrian palace of Nimrud. LMARMLET. A ring or band usually of metal worn on the upper arm, as distinguished from a bracelet, worn on the wrist. It was an ornament or status symbol and could be worn by either men or women (Ex 35:22). Armlets
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armlet. An ornamental band circling the upper arm, as a bracelet would do on the lower arm or wrist. The English term is used by some versions to render Hebrew ʾeṣʿādâ H731 (Num. 31:50; 2 Sam. 1:10; for the latter passage, NIV renders “band”). The NRSV uses the term also in Isa 3:20 for Hebrew ṣĕʿādâ
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
ARMLET, ärmʹlet: The word trd “bracelet” in 2 S 1:10 AV, probably denotes an “armlet,” or “arm-band,” worn on the upper arm. But it is the same word which with a different context is rendered “ankle-chains” (in Nu 31:50 RV). The “bracelet” of Sir 21:21 AV, worn upon the right arm, was an “armlet,” as
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
ARMLET [אֶצְעָדָה ʾetsʿadhah, צְעָדָה tseʿadhah]. A piece of JEWELRY worn around the upper arm that signified wealth or royalty. Ancient Near Eastern artwork depicts armlets that were worn by royalty.Part of the Midianite booty brought to Moses and Eleazar as an atonement offering included gold armlets
2. ArmletNear the conclusion of the account of the Midianite war, Num 31:50 lists five kinds of gold jewelry, each in the singular noun form in Hebrew (plural in the NRSV). The Israelite commanders bring the spoils of war to Moses just before his death, and he and the priest Eleazar receive it for the