fuller

fuller

A person whose occupation it is to clean, whiten, bleach, thicken, shrink, or dye cloth. The fuller cared for newly shorn wool or woven garments. The process varied but generally included washing with lye (Mal 3:2) and cleansing by pressure, usually the treading of feet (Exod 19:10; 2Sam 19:24). The cloth was then spread out on the ground to be bleached by the sun. There were areas outside the city, the fuller’s field (2Kgs 18:17; Isa 7:3), designated for these professional laundering and cleaning services. A fuller apparently was also one who traded in textiles (2Kgs 18:17; Isa 7:3; Isa 36:2). Biblical writers found the fuller’s profession to be an apt metaphor for purity (Ps 51:7; Jer 2:22; Jer 4:14; Zech 3:3; Rev 4:4). Christ’s transfiguration garments were whiter than any fuller could bleach them (Mark 9:3).

Mal 3:2

2But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?
For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap;

Exod 19:10

10the Lord said to Moses: “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes

2Sam 19:24

David and Mephibosheth Meet
24Mephibosheth grandson of Saul came down to meet the king; he had not taken care of his feet, or trimmed his beard, or washed his c ... View more

2Kgs 18:17

17The king of Assyria sent the Tartan, the Rabsaris, and the Rabshakeh with a great army from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem. They went up and came to Je ... View more

Isa 7:3

3Then the Lord said to Isaiah, Go out to meet Ahaz, you and your son Shear-jashub, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Fuller's Fi ... View more

2Kgs 18:17

17The king of Assyria sent the Tartan, the Rabsaris, and the Rabshakeh with a great army from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem. They went up and came to Je ... View more

Isa 7:3

3Then the Lord said to Isaiah, Go out to meet Ahaz, you and your son Shear-jashub, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Fuller's Fi ... View more

Isa 36:2

2The king of Assyria sent the Rabshakeh from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem, with a great army. He stood by the conduit of the upper pool on the highway ... View more

Ps 51:7

7Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Jer 2:22

22Though you wash yourself with lye
and use much soap,
the stain of your guilt is still before me,
says the Lord GOD.

Jer 4:14

14O Jerusalem, wash your heart clean of wickedness
so that you may be saved.
How long shall your evil schemes
lodge within you?

Zech 3:3

3Now Joshua was dressed with filthy clothes as he stood before the angel.

Rev 4:4

4Around the throne are twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones are twenty-four elders, dressed in white robes, with golden crowns on their heads.

Mark 9:3

3and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them.

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