CHAIN. The English word represents many Hebrew words meaning “chain, necklace, band, bracelet, clasp, hook, ring, and rope.” Chains were used for the following purposes:
1. As marks of distinction, in the cases of Joseph (Gen.41.42) and Daniel (Dan.5.7, Dan.5.16, Dan.5.29).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
chan, chanz: Chains were used by the Hebrews:
(2) As marks of distinction: rabhidh, hamunekh (hamnikh): That seems to be true of the chain which Pharaoh placed about the neck of Joseph (Ge 41:42), and of the one which the king of Babylon promised to the wise men (Da 5:7).
(4) As a figurative expression: `anaq. The Psalmist likens pride to a chain about the neck (Ps 73:6), and in Pr it is stated that the young man who hears the instruction of his father and forsakes not the law of his mother shall find that they are chains about his neck (Pr 1:9). In Re 20:1 the angel is described as descending with a great chain in his hand. According to the King James Version Peter speaks of the fallen angels as having been delivered into "chains of darkness" (2Pe 2:4), seira, and Jude speaks of them as being reserved in "everlasting chains" (Jude 1:6, the Revised Version (British and American) "bonds"), desmos.
See also PUNISHMENTS.