Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Read the Douay-Rheims Latin Vulgate Bible everyday from Genesis to Apocalypse, the reading is currently at: Exodus 28:11-20
11 With the work of an engraver and the graving of a jeweller, thou shalt engrave them with the names of the children of Israel, set in gold and compassed about: 12 And thou shalt put them in both sides of the ephod, a memorial for the children of Israel. And Aaron shall bear their names before the Lord upon both shoulders, for a remembrance. 13 Thou shalt make also hooks of gold. 14 And two little chains of the purest gold linked one to another, which thou shalt put into the hooks. 15 And thou shalt make the rational of judgment with embroidered work of divers colours, according to the workmanship of the ephod, of gold, violet, and purple, and scarlet twice dyed, and fine twisted linen.
15 "The rational of judgment"... This part of the priest's attire, which he wore at his breast, was called the rational of judgment; partly because it admonished both priest and people of their duty to God, by carrying the names of all their tribes in his presence; and by the Urim and the Thummim, that is, doctrine and truth, which were written upon it; and partly because it gave divine answers and oracles, as if it were rational and endowed with judgment.
16 It shall be foursquare and doubled: it shall be the measure of a span both in length and in breadth. 17 And thou shalt set in it four rows of stones: in the first row shall be a sardius stone, and a topaz, and an emerald: 18 In the second a carbuncle, a sapphire and a jasper. 19 In the third a ligurius, an agate, and an amethyst: 20 In the fourth a chrysolite, an onyx, and a beryl. They shall be set in gold by their rows.