Containers for liquids, usually made of goatskin, clay, or glass. Dried skins of goats in particular made quite functional vessels, once sewed up with the hair on the outside (Gen 21:14-19). Similar skins were also used to carry water (Josh 9:4; Josh 9:13; Judg 4:19; 1Sam 16:20) and hold wine (Matt 9:17; Mark 2:22; Luke 5:37). Terra-cotta bottles are well known from every period, and although what they contained is not always certain, it is clear that tiny vessels were used as unguentaria and perfume containers. Their fragility is used as a figure of speech by Jeremiah to depict the destruction of Jerusalem (Jer 19:1-11).

Gen 21:14-19

14So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her ... View more

Josh 9:4

4they on their part acted with cunning: they went and prepared provisions, and took worn-out sacks for their donkeys, and wineskins, worn-out and torn and mende ... View more

Josh 9:13

13these wineskins were new when we filled them, and see, they are burst; and these garments and sandals of ours are worn out from the very long journey.”

Judg 4:19

19Then he said to her, “Please give me a little water to drink; for I am thirsty.” So she opened a skin of milk and gave him a drink and covered him.

1Sam 16:20

20Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine, and a kid, and sent them by his son David to Saul.

Matt 9:17

17Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh w ... View more

Mark 2:22

22And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but one puts new wine into ... View more

Luke 5:37

37And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed.

Jer 19:1-11

The Broken Earthenware Jug
1Thus said the Lord: Go and buy a potter's earthenware jug. Take with you some of the elders of the people and some of the senior pri ... View more

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