A striking tool used to fracture or to transmit force to a spike or other object. It could be used for murder (Judg 4:21
; Judg 5:26
), stonecutting (1Kgs 6:7
), jewel-working (Isa 41:7
), woodworking (Jer 10:4
), or breaking rock (Jer 23:29
). It is a symbol of power (Jer 51:20
); when broken, it becomes a figure for helplessness or weakness (Jer 50:23
21But Jael wife of Heber took a tent peg, and took a hammer in her hand, and went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple, until it went down into the g ... View more
26She put her hand to the tent peg
and her right hand to the workmen's mallet;
she struck Sisera a blow,
she crushed his head,
she shattered and pierced his tem ... View more
7The house was built with stone finished at the quarry, so that neither hammer nor ax nor any tool of iron was heard in the temple while it was being built.
7The artisan encourages the goldsmith,
and the one who smooths with the hammer encourages the one who strikes the anvil,
saying of the soldering, “It is good”;
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4people deck it with silver and gold;
they fasten it with hammer and nails
so that it cannot move.
29Is not my word like fire, says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?
Israel the Creator's Instrument
20You are my war club, my weapon of battle:
with you I smash nations;
with you I destroy kingdoms;
23How the hammer of the whole earth
is cut down and broken!
How Babylon has become
a horror among the nations!