Garments of Gauze

GAUZE, GARMENTS OF (גִּלָּיוֹן, H1663, RSV Isa 3:23, meaning papyrus garments; also means tablet, Isa 8:1). The Heb. word occurs only twice. Its meaning in Isaiah 8:1 is some type of tablet prob. made of papyrus. The difficulty lies in the Isaiah 3:23 passage. The immediate context is a criticism of the “daughters of Zion” and including a statement that the Lord will take away a number of their dress items of beauty. KJV mentions “glasses” and ASV “handmirrors,” whereas RSV has “garments of gauze.” Holladay* defines this Heb. word as “papyrus garments” in his attempt to capture the meaning of a very fine material.

(*William L. Holladay, ed.: A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament. An Eng. tr. based on the 2nd and 3rd eds. of Koehler-Baumgartner [1971]).