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Sardine stone

(Rev. 4:3, Revised Version, “sardius;” Hebrew: 'odhem; LXX., Greek: sardion, from a root meaning “red”)

a gem of a blood-red color

It was called “sardius” because it was obtained from Sardis in Lydia. It is enumerated among the precious stones in the high priest's breastplate (Ex. 28:17; 39:10).

It is our red carnelian.

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