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39:6 又琢出两块红玛瑙,镶嵌在金槽上,仿佛刻图章,按着以色列儿子们的名字雕刻。
And they made the onyx stones enclosed in settings of gold, engraved with the engravings of a signet according to the names of the sons of Israel.
39:7 他将这两块宝石安在以弗得的两条肩带上,为以色列人作记念石,是照耶和华所吩咐摩西的。
And he put them on the shoulder pieces of the ephod as stones of remembrance for the sons of Israel as Jehovah had commanded Moses.
39:8 他用巧匠的手工作胸牌,和以弗得一样的作法,用金线,和蓝色、紫色、朱红色线,并捻的细麻作成。
And he made the breastplate, the work of a skillful workman, like the work of the ephod, of gold, of blue and purple and scarlet strands, and of fine twined linen.
39:9 胸牌是四方的,叠为两层;这两层长一虎口,宽一虎口。
It was square; they made the breastplate doubled; a span in its length and a span in its width when doubled.
39:10 他们在上面镶嵌四行宝石:第一行是红宝石、黄玉、绿宝石,
And they filled it with four rows of stones. The first row was a row of a sardius, a topaz, and an emerald;





This indicates that what Christ as our High Priest holds is not dust; He holds the transformed saints, typified by the onyx stones on the shoulder-pieces of the ephod worn by the high priest.

When some saints hear this, they may feel discouraged, thinking that they have not been transformed. They may say, “If Christ holds only onyx stones, and not dust, then I am through with the experience of being held by Him. I feel discouraged because I have not yet been transformed into onyx stone.” Actually you do have the experience of being held by Christ. Furthermore, you do have some amount of onyx stone. Often you may feel as if you are falling away from the Lord. But it is the dust that is falling, not you. Sometimes the Lord raises up an environment which causes us to be shaken. We may be afraid of falling away. However, only the dust is shaken away. We ourselves as regenerated ones will never be removed, for the onyx stone in us will never fall. The onyx stone remains, placed in the beautiful and glorious settings of gold.