pestle

pestle

A crushing instrument used in a vessel (mortar) to grind grain, spices, or condiments; it was usually short, hand-held, and made of wood or stone. It is used metaphorically in (Prov 27:22) for the impossibility of eliminating fools’ weakness, since it belongs irreducibly to their nature.

Prov 27:22

22Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestle
along with crushed grain,
but the folly will not be driven out.

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