The Blue Stone of the Throne—Lapis Lazuli

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During the sealing of the covenant, God appeared to Moses and the other elders of Israel.
Their description of the scene included…
Under his feet was something like a pavement made of lapis lazuli,
as bright blue as the sky. —Exodus 24:10 (NIV)

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The Blue Stone of the ThroneLapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli is one of the precious stones mentioned numerous times in the bible, including when describing God's Throne, and even perhaps the 10 Commandments!

While researching the stones, I noticed that some translations mentioned “sapphire” and some others  mention “lapis lazuli” in place of “sapphire”.


Ezekiel 28:13 KJV
Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

Ezekiel 28:13 NIV
You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: carnelian, chrysolite and emerald, topaz, onyx and jasper, lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl.Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared.

As I dug deeper, I learned many modern biblical scholars believe that most likely the bible were referencing lapis lazuli rather than sapphire..

The source of the variance seems to stem from the translations of the Hebrew word Sapir being incorrectly assigned to sapphire. When at the time, Sapir* was used to describe the mineral lazurite**, whether pure (Lazurite) or aggregate (Lapis Lazuli). (If you are fascinate on the linguistics like me, scroll down to the bottom for more specifics in the footnotes. )
Some biblical scholars have even asserted that the 10 commandments were engraved on plates of Lapis Lazuli.

While I didn’t find enough research to confirm the ascertain without hesitation, I also read scholars theorize that the 10 commandments were made of lapis lazuli too.  I love imagining it that way.  

The theory mostly leans on Numbers 15:38-39.
When God tells Moses to instruct his people to:

…make tassels on the corners of your garments, with a blue cord on each tassel You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the Lord…—N umbers 15:38-39.
They believe the blue cord refers to the blue stone of the Ten Commandments.

Regardless, lapis lazuli and the deep blue color blue is now eternally linked for me to God’s instruction. 🙏💕

The Bible is filled with so much detail that we sometimes get miss while reading for understanding, but going back and re-reading the passages to paint a picture of the biblical scene with all its rich details really brings the Bible to life, and helps you feel more connected to the story, or at least it does for me. :)

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*Sapir is derived from the greek word Sapphirus.  The ancient greeks and romans used the term Sapphirus “blue stone” to refer to the Lapis Lazuli stone.  During biblical times, the Hebrews used the term Sapir to describe lazurite. It wasn’t until the Middle Ages that his rock became known as lapis - lazuli -Latin for blue stone, derived from the word lazhumet, the ancient Persian word for blue.

**Today jewelers reserve term lazurite for pure glassy crystal and the term lapis lazuli for opaque aggregate rock.

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