The two onyx stones, attached to the two* shoulder straps of the ephod, were set in gold, and the stones were engraved with the names of the tribes of Israel, just as initials are engraved upon a ring. These stones were reminders to Jehovah concerning the people of Israel;* all this was done in accordance with the Lord’s instructions to Moses.
They mounted the onyx stones in a setting of filigreed gold and engraved the names of the sons of Israel on them, then fastened them on the shoulder pieces of the Ephod as memorial stones for the Israelites, just as God had commanded Moses.
Then they connected them to the shoulder straps of the linen apron. The stones stood for the sons of Israel and were a constant reminder for them. The workers did those things just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
six names in one stone, and six in the tother stone, by the order of their birth. And he set those stones in the side(s) of the cloak on the shoulders, into a memorial of the sons of Israel, as the Lord commanded to Moses. (six names on one stone, and six on the other stone, in their birth order. And they fastened those stones onto the two shoulder straps of the ephod, as a reminder of the twelve tribes of Israel, as the Lord commanded to Moses.)
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