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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A part or decoration of the breastplate of the high priest among the ancient Jews, by which Jehovah revealed his will on certain occasions. Its nature has been the subject of conflicting conjectures.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Certain objects mentioned in the Old Testament, with the thummim (Ex. xxviii. 30, etc.) or alone (Num. xxvii. 21; 1 Sam. xxviii. 6), as connected with the rational, or breastplate of the Jewish high priest, and with oracular responses given by him.

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  • + '~en. ki'urim'and'thummin'~ja.tile'YAHWEH'satellite'node'zionic'reliqueing'list'

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  • You deny him the companionship of ladies and lock him in a room with another young guy and you're just asking them to slip each other the ol' urim and thummim.

    The Running of the Gays

  • Sometimes they addressed themselves to the seer and prophet; and you may believe that the seer and prophet discovered the most hidden things, as well as the urim and thummim of the high priest.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Sometimes they went to the high priest, who immediately consulted God by the urim and thummim.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • “Keeping warm, Lonya?” he asked a thin woman who roasted urim nuts on a small stove all day long.

    Genesis Force

  • He is our captain, our leader, our high priest, urim and thummim, our oracle, our ark, on whom the cloud of direction rests and abides for ever.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • That is, the vestment of the high priest, with the urim and thummim, by which the Lord gave his oracle.

    The Bible, Douay-Rheims, Book 09: 1 Kings The Challoner Revision

  • Here we shall attempt to only describe one piece of the dress of the high priest, the breast-plate (rationale); a gorget, ten inches square, made of the same sort of cloth as the ephod, and doubled so as to form a kind of pouch or bag, in which was to be put the urim and thummim, which are also mentioned as is already known.

    Conversion of a High Priest into a Christian Worker

  • It belonged to him also to manifest the Divine will made known to him by means of the urim and thummim, a method of consulting the Lord about which we have very little knowledge.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • There was much precious gold-work and many valuable stones scattered through the numerous cases, but those wonderful twelve which made up the urim and thummim glowed and burned with a radiance which far eclipsed the others.

    Tales of Terror and Mystery

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