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the King James Version translation of the Hebrew word tarshish, a precious stone; probably so called as being brought from Tarshish
It was one of the stones on the breastplate of the high priest (Ex. 28:20; Revised Version marginal note, “chalcedony;” 39:13).
The color of the wheels in Ezekiel’s vision was as the color of a beryl stone (1:16; 10:9; Revised Version, “stone of Tarshish”).
It is mentioned in Song of Songs 5:14; Dan. 10:6; Rev. 21:20.
In Ezek. 28:13 the LXX. render the word by “chrysolite,” which the Jewish historian Josephus regards as its proper translation. This also is the rendering given in the Authorized Version in the margin. That was a gold-colored gem, the topaz of ancient authors.