Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Jeremiah 6:29

Context
NETBible

The fiery bellows of judgment burn fiercely. But there is too much dross to be removed. 1  The process of refining them has proved useless. 2  The wicked have not been purged.

XREF

Pr 17:3; Isa 49:4; Jer 9:7; Eze 24:13; Ho 11:7; Zec 13:9; Mal 3:2,3; 1Pe 1:7; 1Pe 4:12

NET © Notes

tn Heb “The bellows blow fiercely; the lead is consumed by the fire.” The translation tries to clarify a metaphor involving ancient metallurgy. In the ancient refining process lead was added as a flux to remove impurities from silver ore in the process of oxidizing the lead. Jeremiah says that the lead has been used up and the impurities have not been removed. The translation is based on the recognition of an otherwise unused verb root meaning “blow” (נָחַר [nakhar]; cf. BDB 1123 s.v. I חָרַר and HALOT 651 s.v. נָחַר) and the Masoretes’ suggestion that the consonants מאשׁתם be read מֵאֵשׁ תַּם (meesh tam) rather than as מֵאֶשָּׁתָם (meeshatam, “from their fire”) from an otherwise unattested noun אֶשָּׁה (’eshah).

tn Heb “The refiner refines them in vain.”



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