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Crucible
Fining Pot • Refining Pot
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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Crucible
Crucible [Heb. maṣrēp̱—‘melting pot’] (Prov. 17:3; 27:21); AV FINING POT; NEB MELTING POT. A melting utensil, probably made of pottery, used in refining silver. In the Proverbs passages the word becomes a metaphor for the testing of men.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Crucible
crucible, 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.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Crucible
CRUCIBLE. The Heb. word means “to refine or melt.” KJV uses the term “fining pot.” It was a container, probably made of thick pottery, used for melting silver (Prov 17:3; 27:21, RSV). See Refine.
Fining Pot
FINING POT. A pot for refining metal, such as silver (Prov 17:3; 27:21). See Minerals and Metal; Silver; Occupations: Metal, Workers of.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Crucible
CrucibleA vessel used for refining silver, most likely made of pottery. Heb. masṣrēp̱ is used metaphorically to depict God’s testing or judging of mankind (Prov. 17:3; 27:21).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Crucible
Crucible (Heb. maṣrēp).† A melting pot used for refining silver; most likely it was made of pottery. In Proverbs the term is used metaphorically to depict God’s testing or judging of mankind (Prov. 17:3; 27:21).
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Crucible
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.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Refining Pot
REFINING POT — a vessel used in the production of silver (Prov. 17:3; 27:21). The smelting done in this pot could have been either the last of several steps in the refining process or the remelting of scraps to recover precious metals.
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Crucible
CRUCIBLE Melting pot or “fining pot” (KJV), probably made of pottery, used in the refining of silver. The crucible is used in the Bible as a figure for testing of people (Prov. 17:3; 27:21).
Fining Pot
FINING POT KJV term for a crucible (NRSV, NIV) or smelting pot (REB), a vessel used to heat metal to a high temperature as part of the refining process (Prov. 17:3; 27:21). See Crucible.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Crucible
crucible. A melting pot, probably made of pottery that can resist great heat, for refining metals like silver and gold. This word is used to render Hebrew maṣrēp H5214 (Prov. 17:3; 27:21). See refine.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
Fining Pot
fining pot. KJV rendering of maṣrēp H5214 (Prov. 17:3; 27:21; NIV, “crucible”), a melting pot used for refining metals. See refine.
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
CRUCIBLE
CRUCIBLE [מַצְרֵףmatsref]. 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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