lead

lead

A heavy, malleable, bluish-gray metal. It was Midianite booty (Num 31:22) and used for weights (Zech 5:7) and sinkers on fishing lines. (Ezek 22:18-20) mentions lead with other metals; (Ezek 27:12) indicates the existence of Israelite trade in lead with Tarshish. (Job 19:24) describes engraved tablets whose letters are lead filled for reading clarity and permanence. (Exod 15:10) employs “lead” figuratively: Pharaoh’s armies sink “as lead” into the waters.

Num 31:22

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Zech 5:7

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Ezek 22:18-20

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Ezek 27:12

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Job 19:24

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Exod 15:10

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