A lustrous concretion formed by a mollusk consisting of the same material as its shell. It is the only gem produced by a living process. Its association with gold and costly attire (1Tim 2:9), gold and precious stones (Rev 17:4; Rev 18:16), and other precious materials (Rev 18:12) indicates that pearls were very valuable and highly esteemed in the Hellenistic world. As a result the twelve gates of the new Jerusalem are described as twelve individual pearls (Rev 21:21), and entering the kingdom of God is portrayed as finding a pearl of great price that is worth all one has (Matt 13:45-46). There are no clear references to pearls in the OT.

1Tim 2:9

9also that the women should dress themselves modestly and decently in suitable clothing, not with their hair braided, or with gold, pearls, or expensive clothes ... View more

Rev 17:4

4The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurit ... View more

Rev 18:16

16“Alas, alas, the great city,
clothed in fine linen,
in purple and scarlet,
adorned with gold,
with jewels, and with pearls!

Rev 18:12

12cargo of gold, silver, jewels and pearls, fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet, all kinds of scented wood, all articles of ivory, all articles of costly wood, ... View more

Rev 21:21

21And the twelve gates are twelve pearls, each of the gates is a single pearl, and the street of the city is pure gold, transparent as glass.

Matt 13:45-46

45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls;46on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought i ... View more

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