Amulets were ornaments, gems, scrolls, etc., worn as preservatives against the power of enchantments, and generally inscribed with mystic forms or characters. The “earrings” in Gen. 35:4 were obviously connected with idolatrous worship, and were probably amulets taken from the bodies of the slain Shechemites. They are subsequently mentioned among the spoils of Midian. Judges 8:24. In Hos. 2:13 is another like reference. The “earrings” in Isa. 3:20 were also amulets.