from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A mysterious part or decoration of the breastplate of the Jewish high priest. See the note under urim.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See urim and thummim, under urim.


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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

  • Christ therefore very properly adds, in the days of Abiathar the high priest, therein speaking according to a very received opinion in the nation: as though he had said, "David ate the shewbread given him by the high priest, who had the oracle by Urim and thummim present with him, and who acted by the divine direction."

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • 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

  • There could be no doubt that they were the jewels of the urim and thummim.

    Tales of Terror and Mystery


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  • תּוּמִי�? (Thummim) (pronounced "two-meen") is widely considered to be derived from the consonantal root תּמִ�? (t-m-m), meaning faultless, while �?וּרִי�? (Urim) has traditionally been taken to derive from a root meaning lights; these derivations are reflected in the Neqqudot of the masoretic text.

    In consequence, Urim and Thummim has traditionally been translated as lights and perfections (by Theodotion, for example), or, by taking the phrase allegorically, as meaning revelation and truth, or doctrine and truth (it appears in this form in the Vulgate, in the writing of Jerome, and in the Hexapla)3.

    January 19, 2009