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It came to pass when the camels had finished drinking that the man took a golden nose-ring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets weighing ten shekels of gold for her wrists, Bible

“nose-ring.” This “ring” was a nose ring (Gen. 24:47). Although some versions (cp. KJV) say “earring,” Genesis 24:47 makes it clear that the ring was a nose ring, besides, if it was an earring, it would have been plural for two earrings; but this is just one ring. It was not well known at the time that versions such as the King James Version was written (1611), that women in the biblical culture customarily wore nose- rings, which explains the translation earrings in the early versions. It was the custom in biblical times for women to wear nose-rings rather than earrings because the women not only had long hair, but they often wore head coverings, and those things covered any earrings such that they could not be seen. So, women customarily wore nose-rings for personal decoration (Isa. 3:21; Ezek. 16:12; cp. Prov. 11:22).


Commentary for: Genesis 24:22