Lilly Work

The Lily is an emblem of peace and purity. It occupied a conspicuous place among the ornaments of the temple furniture. "And on top of the pillars was lily work" and so was the work of the pillars finished. The plant so frequently mentioned in the Old Testament as "lily," was the lotus lily of Egypt and India. The lily mentioned by our Saviour as an example of peculiar beauty and glory was a different flower, evidently a species of the lilium. This latter flower appears in the higher degrees of Masonry as an emblem of divinity, of purity, of charity, and of abundance. The lily work of the Temple… — ( 1 Kings 7:22 ) The lily of beauty and glory… — ( Matthew 6:29 )

Biblical References

1 Kings 7:22

And upon the top of the pillars was lily work: so was the work of the pillars finished.

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Matthew 6:29

And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

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