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Ephesians 6:14 – “Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,”

According to Merriam-Webster.com, “breastplate” is defined as: “a usually metal plate worn as defensive armor for the breast”. There was a second definition I found interesting: “a vestment worn in ancient times by a Jewish high priest and set with 12 gems bearing the names of the tribes of Israel”.

Merriam-Webster.com defines “righteousness” as: “acting in accord with divine or moral law: free from guilt or sin”. This was the definition of “righteous”, with righteousness being the noun.

The Strongest Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible shows the word “breastplate” occurring 28 times in the Bible: 26 times in the Old Testament and twice in the New Testament (note this: 21 of those 26 Old Testament occurrences are in Exodus alone!) The word “righteousness” and all its forms appears approximately 747 times in the Bible! (and the print in my concordance is tiny, so I hope I didn’t miscount!) Wow!

As with the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness had a matching Scriptural reference too; yes, you guessed it…go back to Isaiah 59:17 from a few posts back.

Think about these definitions today, and pray that God would guide our study in this piece of the armor.

Have a blessed day!

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