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Subject: Biblical Silver Chord
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Posted: 29 Aug 2002 23:16 PDT
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In the Bible there is mention of the Silver Chord that severs after 72
hours when a person dies - where can I locate this reference?
Subject: Re: Biblical Silver Chord
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 29 Aug 2002 23:54 PDT
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Ecclesiastes 12:6-7 (KJV):

Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or
the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit
shall return unto God who gave it.

Here is the great evangelist John Wesley's commentary on the "silver
cord" reference:

"The silver cord - By the silver cord he seems to understand the
marrow of the backbone, which comes from the brain, and goes down to
the lowest end of it. And this is aptly compared to a cord, both for
its figure, which is long and round, and for its use, which is to draw
and move the parts of the body; and to silver, both for its excellency
and colour, which is white and bright, in a dead, much more in a
living body. This may properly be said to be loosed, or dissolved,
because it is relaxed, or otherwise disabled for its proper service.
And answerably hereto by the golden bowl we may understand, the
membranes of the brain, and especially that inmost membrane which
insinuates itself into all the parts of it, following it in its
various windings, keeping each parcel of it in its proper place, and
dividing one from another, to prevent disorder. This is not unfitly
called a bowl, because It is round, and contains in it all the
substance of the brain; and a golden bowl, partly for its great
preciousness, partly for its ductility, being drawn out into a great
thinness or fineness; and partly for its colour, which is some - what
yellow, and comes nearer to that of gold than any other part of the
body does. And this, upon the approach of death, is commonly
shrivelled up, and many times broken. and as these clauses concern the
brain, and the animal powers, so the two following respect the spring
of the vital powers, and of the blood, the great instrument thereof is
the heart. And so Solomon here describes the chief organs appointed
for the production, distribution, and circulation of the blood. For
tho' the circulation of the blood has been hid for many generations,
yet it was well known to Solomon. According to this notion, the
fountain is the right ventricle of the heart, which is now
acknowledged to be the spring of life; and the pitcher is the veins
which convey the blood from it to other parts, and especially that
arterious vein by which it is transmitted to the lungs, and thence to
the left ventricle, where it is better elaborated, and then thrust out
into the great artery, called the Aorta, and by its branches dispersed
into all the parts of the body. And the cistern is the left ventricle
of the heart, and the wheel seems to be the great artery, which is
fitly so called, because it is the great instrument of this
circulation. The pitcher may be said to be broken at the fountain,
when the veins do not return the blood to the heart, but suffer it to
stand still and cool, whence comes that coldness of the outward parts,
which is a near fore - runner of death. And the wheel may be said to
be broken at the cistern, when the great arteries do not perform their
office of conveying the blood into the left ventricle of the heart,
and of thrusting it out thence into the lesser arteries, whence comes
that ceasing of the pulse, which is a certain sign of approaching

Bible Crosswalk Commentaries: Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Another commentary on Ecclesiastes 12:6-7, from the "Never Thirsty"
online ministry:

"This verse accurately translates the Hebrew by giving us the various
ways a man can die. Some believe the golden bowl is the head (head
injury); the pitcher is the lungs (lung disease) and the wheel is the
heart and circulatory system (heart failure). But the most interesting
one is the Silver Cord. This is the only place in the Bible this term
is used. The Hebrew word for "loosed" has the idea of being removed
far away. This is not the spinal cord. It appears to be describing the
departure of the spirit of a man - natural death. When a man dies, it
is also true his spirit departs."

Never Thirsty: What does the Bible say about the Silver Cord?

The "72 hours" or "three days" that you mention does not have its
source in the Bible, but is often taught as part of Rosicrucianism and
New Age sects, as in this excerpt from the Web site "Beyond the Veil":

"After the SILVER CORD breaks, freeing the Soul from its physical
form, the average person's Soul spends three days in a death trance or
the Bardo. This is a transitional state of reality and you may not yet
be truly aware you are dead."

Beyond the Veil: Through the Tunnel, A Traveler's Guide to Spiritual

Google search strategy:

"silver cord" + "bible" + "death"

I hope this information is useful to you. If any part of my answer is
unclear, or if any of the links are non-functional, please ask for

Best regards,
redjack-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Wonderful how a researched answer can put an end to useless debate!  Thanks.

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