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Checker work

CHECKER WORK, CHECKER-WORK (שְׂבָכָה, H8422, lattice work, grating, net, network, 1 Kings 7:17). The seven-stranded link chains, four in warp and three in weft (to hold the four in line) draped over each of the pommels of the double capitals of the pillars Jachin and Boaz of Solomon’s Temple. From them were suspended the 200 pomegranates (v. 20) laid out on the square with a distinct pomegranate at the corners (Jer 52:23). Pomegranates are symbolical of the separate parts of the word of God as a unit, and placed at the head of the pillars they raise constant testimony to that word.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

This was a kind of ornamentation used on the tops of the pillars of Jachin and Boaz before the porch of the Temple (1Ki 7:17). Its exact form is not known. See Temple. For "a broidered coat" (Ex 28:4 the King James Version), the Revised Version (British and American) gives "a coat of checker work."

See Broidered; Embroidery.