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בריל , Numbers 31:22 ; Isaiah 1:25 ; Ezekiel 22:18 ; Ezekiel 22:20 ; Ezekiel 27:12 ; a well-known coarse metal, harder than lead. Mr. Parkhurst observes, that Moses, in Numbers 31:22 , enumerates all the six species of metals. The Lord, by the Prophet Isaiah, having compared the Jewish people to silver, declares, "I will turn my hand upon thee, and purge away thy dross, and remove, all בריליכּ? , thy particles of tin:" where Aquila, Symmachus, and Theodotion have κασσιτερον σου , and the Vulgate stannum tuum, "thy tin;" but the LXX, ανομους , wicked ones. This denunciation, by a comparison of the preceding and the following context, appears to signify that God would, by a process of judgment purify those among the Jews who were capable of purification, as well as destroy the reprobate and incorrigible, Jeremiah 6:29-30 ; Jeremiah 9:7 ; Malachi 3:3 ; Ezekiel 12:18 ; Ezekiel 12:20 . In Ezekiel 27:12 , Tarshish is mentioned as furnishing בדיל ; and Bochart proves from the testimonies of Diodorus, Pliny, and Stephanus, that Tartessus in Spain, which he supposes the ancient Tarshish, anciently furnished tin. As Cornwall in very ancient times was resorted to for this metal, and probably first by the Phenicians, some have thought that peninsula to be the Tarshish of the Scriptures; a subject which, however, from the vague use of the word, is involved in much uncertainty. See TARSHISH .


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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Tin'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/wtd/t/tin.html. 1831-2.

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