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(Revelation 18.11-13)
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"The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes anymore — cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth, every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble, cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and carriages, and human beings sold as slaves." (Revelation 18.11-13)

Costly Purple

Jasper Precious StonesGemstone cures for various ailments and diseases using precious stones were widely practiced in the ancient Roman world. The gemstone jasper, or bloodstone, was thought to stop bleeding. The green jasper was said to be a cure for infertility. The diamond was believed to neutralize poison and to cure delirium, and amber worn around the neck was a cure for fever and for other troubles.

Precious Stones Cures

String of PearlsOf all the cures from gemstones, the Romans loved pearls more than any other. They were drunk dissolved in wine vinegar. According to Pliny (23-79 AD), the Emperor Julius Caesar (BC 100-44) gave Servilia Caepionis (BC 104-42) his mistress, a pearl which cost $130,000. Lollia Paulina (15-49 AD), one of the Emperor Caligula's wives, at a betrothal feast, wore an ornament of emeralds and pearls worth $800,000.

Purple Cloth

Purple Cloth being ProducedFine purple and red linen were the precious clothes of priests and kings and came from Egypt. "Purple" or "precious scarlet cloth" originated in Phoenicia. The very word "Phoenicia" was probably derived from "phoinos," which meant "blood-red." The Phoenicians may also have been known as "the purple men," because they dealt in purple. Ancient purple was much redder than modern purple. It was the royal color and the garment of the wealthy and very important.

by Ron Meacock © 2018

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