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Religion - Theology
Written by Ephraim Chambers   
Thursday, 01 January 1728 09:00
or CHERUBIN, a Celestial Spirit, which, in the Hierarchy, is plac'd next in order to the Seraphim. See HIERARCHY.

They are painted red, to signify that they are inflam'd with the Love of God.

The Word is form'd of the Hebrew בזךב Cherub; the Plural whereof is Cherubim.

Cherub is also the Name of an antient Military Order in Sweden, otherwise call'd the Order of Seraphim. It was instituted by Magnus IV. in 1334; and abolish'd by Charles IX. It took its Denomination from the golden Figures of Cherubim, whereof the Collar of the Order was compos'd.