Fining Pot • Refining Pot
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Cruciblecrucible, a vessel, usually ceramic, employed for heating substances to high temperatures. It was used mainly for the refining of silver (Prov. 17:3; 27:21). It also designates the bottom of a small furnace where a bloom of metal gathers in the refining process. See also Refining; Silver; Smith.
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CRUCIBLE [מַצְרֵף matsref]. A crucible is a melting pot, made of pottery, often used for liquefying silver and other refining. It is used in Prov 17:3 and 27:21 as a metaphor for the judging of a person. The participle form of tsaraf is used similarly in Mal 3:2–3. See METALLURGY; POTTERY; SILVER; SMELT.
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