Two-barred Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera)(White-winged) by Raymond Barlow
“The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, …. the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.” (Revelation 21:19a-20 NKJV)
While searching for material on these foundation stones, this article caught my attention. It appears that Cindy had the same questions as we are trying to figure out. I believe her blog is inactive, but this is still posted. Precious Jewels by Cindy. She had this chart with 12 stones of the foundations.
12 Jewels Foundation New Jerusalem ©Sundayswithcindy
“Pretty impressive, isn’t it? Actually, it will exceed far beyond what our human minds can even conceive when we try to imagine the beauty and magnificence of that holy city. I Corinthians 2:9 tells us, “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
“My curiosity was up, though, when it came to those precious gemstones. What were their colors? How would they look all sandwiched together? I knew I could not begin to imagine the scope of its beauty, but at least I wanted to get some glimpse of what it might appear to be. I mean, we can try to imagine the pearly gates, and even the streets of pure gold although the Bible says the pure gold will be like transparent glass, but the foundation of all those beautifully colored jewels? Ahh—how lovely to have the world at our fingertips via the Internet! In a matter of seconds, my curiosity about the precious gemstones of the foundation was satisfied!” [Bolding added]
Ocellated Tapaculo (Acropternis orthonyx) ©WikiC
Through the rest of her article, she discovered what I am finding. Names of those stones are not the same today. So, if these birds aren’t a perfect match, please forgive us.
There are no birds with the name of “sardonyx” in it, but the two tones of red seems interesting enough to try to find some birds like that. All the translations I searched have either Sardonyx or just Onyx. [There are a few birds with ONYX in their scientific name[
Pearl Kite (Gampsonyx swainsonii) ©Flickr Fernando Flores
Here are what some of the study Bibles and commentaries say:
NKJV MacArthur Study Bible – “ sardonyx. A variety of chalcedony with parallel layers of red and white”
KJ Study Bible Notes – ” sardonyx is red and white”
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown – “sardonyx — a gem having the redness of the cornelian, and the whiteness of the onyx.”
IBS – “Sardonyx – White stone with red layers.
John Gill – “The fifth, sardonyx,…. Which is partly of the sardian, and partly of the onyx stone, which resembles a man’s nail, from whence it has its name; it is reddish, bordering on white; it may be thought to answer to the onyx in the breastplate, on which was written the name of Joseph.”
Australian Logrunner (Orthonyx temminckii) by Ian
So with all of these, looks like there must be some reddish and white birds around somewhere. Let’s see what we can find:
Cape Longclaw (Macronyx capensis) ©WikiC
I still haven’t found what I was hoping to find. This next bird is getting closer.
Rosy-throated Longclaw (Macronyx ameliae) ©WikiC
But this is the color of most sardonyx they show on the internet:
Red onyx – Handicraft ©WikiC
Have you seen any birds like that? Let me see what we have already shown here on the blog.
Red-throated Twinspot (Hypargos niveoguttatus) ©WikiC
None of these absolutely match our Sardonyx stone, but are they amazing Avian Wonders from their creator?
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