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The Hebrew word pronounced bed-eel literally means alloy, but is used to refer to tin, which is quite appropriate because tin, a malleable metallic element with a relatively low melting point, is beneficially used in many alloys (e.g. bronze is an alloy of copper and tin), as well as to coat other metals to prevent corrosion. Ironically, it was the relative ease of tin to alloy itself with other metals that The Lord used it as an analogy for impurities that are refined out by heat.

"I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin"

The first specific mention of tin in the Holy Scriptures was when articles of tin were among the spoils of war taken by the Israelites who were to purify them, literally, with heat.


"And Eleazar the priest said unto the men of war which went to the battle, This is the ordinance of the law which The Lord [see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD] commanded Moses [see also The Education Of Moses]; Only the gold, and the silver, the brass, the iron, the tin, and the lead, Every thing that may abide the fire, ye shall make it go through the fire, and it shall be clean: nevertheless it shall be purified with the water of separation: and all that abideth not the fire ye shall make go through the water. And ye shall wash your clothes on the seventh day, and ye shall be clean, and afterward ye shall come into the camp." (Numbers 31:21-24 KJV)

The Lord used the Babylonian Captivity (see Why Babylon?; also The Galilee Captivity) of the people of Judah as the means of purging out the "idolatrous alloy" that had corrupted the people.

"How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers. Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water: Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them. Therefore saith The Lord, The Lord of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease Me of Mine adversaries, and avenge Me of Mine enemies: And I will turn My hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin" (Isaiah 1:21-25 KJV)

The same principle of purification was spoken to the prophet Ezekiel (see also The Prophecies Of Ezekiel).

"And the Word of The Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, the house of Israel is to Me become dross: all they are brass, and tin, and iron, and lead, in the midst of the furnace; they are even the dross of silver. Therefore thus saith The Lord God; Because ye are all become dross, behold, therefore I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem. As they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead [see also The Lord's Plumb Line], and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt it; so will I gather you in Mine anger and in My fury, and I will leave you there, and melt you [see also Hydrogen]. Yea, I will gather you, and blow upon you in the fire of my wrath, and ye shall be melted in the midst thereof. As silver is melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall ye be melted in the midst thereof; and ye shall know that I The Lord have poured out My fury upon you." (Ezekiel 22:17-22 KJV)

Fact Finder: How will the end-time Roman empire be weakened by its being an "alloy" (the words "alloy" and "ally" originated from the same Latin word which meant to bind) of people?
Daniel 2:42-43; see also Nebuchadnezzar's Dream

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