|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (n.) A string of beads, etc., or any continuous band or chain, worn around the neck as an ornament.
2. (n.) A rope or chain fitted around the masthead to hold hanging blocks for jibs and stays.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
nek'-las (rabhidh, "chain"): A neck-chain ornament, worn either separately (Ezekiel 16:11), or with pendants (Isaiah 3:19), such as crescents (Isaiah 3:18) or rings (Genesis 38:25); sometimes made of gold (Genesis 41:42 Daniel 5:29), or of strings of jewels (Songs 1:10). Even beasts of burden were sometimes so adorned by royalty (Judges 8:26). It was considered suggestive of pride (Psalm 73:6) or of filial loyalty (Proverbs 1:9). The word does not occur in the King James Version, but such adornments have always been popular in all the Bible lands.
Necklace (9 Occurrences)
Genesis 41:42 And Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck. (See NAS)
Exodus 35:22 And they come in -- the men with the women -- every willing-hearted one -- they have brought in nose-ring, and ear-ring, and seal-ring, and necklace, all golden goods, even every one who hath waved a wave-offering of gold to Jehovah. (YLT)
2 Chronicles 3:16 And he made chains, like neck ornaments, and put them on the tops of the pillars, and a hundred apples on the chains. (See RSV)
Psalms 73:6 Therefore pride is as a chain about their neck; violence covereth them as a garment. (See NAS RSV NIV)
Song of Songs 4:9 Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my bride; Thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, With one chain of thy neck. (See JPS NAS RSV NIV)
Ezekiel 16:11 And I adorn thee with adornments, And I give bracelets for thy hands, And a chain for thy neck. (See NAS NIV)
Daniel 5:7 Call doth the king mightily, to bring up the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. Answered hath the king, and said to the wise men of Babylon, that, 'Any man who doth read this writing, and its interpretation doth shew me, purple he putteth on, and a bracelet of gold 'is' on his neck, and third in the kingdom he doth rule.' (See NAS)
Daniel 5:16 and I -- I have heard of thee, that thou art able to give interpretations, and to loose knots: now, lo -- thou art able to read the writing, and its interpretation to cause me to know -- purple thou dost put on, and a bracelet of gold 'is' on thy neck, and third in the kingdom thou dost rule.' (See NAS)
Daniel 5:29 Then hath Belshazzar said, and they have clothed Daniel with purple, and a bracelet of gold 'is' on his neck, and they have proclaimed concerning him that he is the third ruler in the kingdom. (See NAS)