firebrands

firebrands

Usually pieces of wood set on fire. They were used by Samson in his revenge against the Philistines (Judg 15:4; NRSV: “torches”); they were tossed over the city wall in time of military siege, as were the olive boughs during the attack of Lachish; or they were hurled as missiles by madmen (Prov 26:18). “Snatched from the fire” by God, they symbolized individuals rescued by the Lord (Amos 4:11).

Judg 15:4

4So Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took some torches; and he turned the foxes tail to tail, and put a torch between each pair of tails.

Prov 26:18

18Like a maniac who shoots deadly firebrands and arrows,

Amos 4:11

11I overthrew some of you,
as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah,
and you were like a brand snatched from the fire;
yet you did not return to me,
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