brass

brass

An alloy of copper and zinc that is malleable and durable. The KJV translates the Hebrew word nehoshet (meaning “copper” or “bronze”) as “brass.” The NRSV translates that word as “brass” only in (Isa 48:4), rendering the word as “copper” in (Lev 26:19) and as “bronze” in (Deut 28:23). Other translations avoid the word “brass” altogether, since actual brass was unknown in biblical times.

Isa 48:4

4Because I know that you are obstinate,
and your neck is an iron sinew
and your forehead brass,

Lev 26:19

19I will break your proud glory, and I will make your sky like iron and your earth like copper.

Deut 28:23

23The sky over your head shall be bronze, and the earth under you iron.

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