The unique ornamented vestments of Aaron (Sir 45:10-45:13)

“The sacred vestments were

Gold,

Violet,

And purple.

They were the work of an embroiderer.

Aaron had the oracle of judgment,

The Urim and the Thummim.

They had twisted crimson,

The work of a craftsman.

There were precious stones

Engraved like signet seals.

There was a setting of gold,

The work of a jeweler.

This was a commemoration

In engraved letters,

Of each of the tribes of Israel.

He had a gold crown upon his turban.

This was inscribed

Like a signet seal with

‘Holiness.’

This was a distinction to be prized.

This was the work of an expert.

This was the delight for the eyes,

As this was richly adorned.

Before him,

Such beautiful things did not exist.

No outsider ever put them on.

Only his sons put this on.

Only his descendants perpetually put this on.”

The colorful vestments of Aaron were made of embroidered gold, violet, and purple. The artisans had made these crimson yarns. The Urim and Thummim were sacred oracles, in the pouch of the breastplate of judgment, according to Exodus, chapter 28. Aaron would carry the names of the Israelites and the judgment of the Israelites, when he went into the holy place. This unmentioned breastplate had precious stones engraved seals of the 12 tribes in settings of gold. He had a gold crown on his head that was on the top of his turban with gold flower designs. On the top of it was engraved “holiness” or as in Exodus, “Holy to Yahweh.” These highly artistic works were a delight to the eye since nothing like it existed anywhere before. Nobody, but Aaron and his sons could wear these vestments. Eventually, these became the sacred vestments of the Temple high priest.

The diadem turban (Ex 39:30-39:32)

“They made the rosette of the holy diadem of pure gold.  They wrote on it an inscription, like the engraving of a signet, ‘Holy to Yahweh.’ They tied to it a blue cord, to fasten it on the turban, just as Yahweh had commanded Moses.  In this way all the work of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting was finished.  The Israelites had done everything just as Yahweh had commanded Moses.”

Just as Yahweh had commanded Moses in chapter 28, they made the golden holy diadem and wrote on it an inscription.  Like an engraving of a signet ring it said ‘Holy to Yahweh.’  They used a blue cord to tie it to the turban.  Thus they finished all the work of the tabernacle, and the tent of meeting, and the priestly vestments, just as Yahweh had commanded Moses.