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The English word "kindle" originated from an old Nordic word which meant to set on fire (the English word candle, while later taking a meaning of its own, is merely a variant spelling of kindle; both words have the same origin). As is the case so often in translations of the Holy Scriptures from the original Hebrew and Greek (and Chaldean and Aramaic), whereby a single English word is used to translate a number of different words of the Holy Scriptures as they were actually written, "kindle" is used to translate at least a half-dozen Hebrew words.

  • baw-ar, which means to consume, by fire or eating
  • khaw-rar, which means to melt, or to burn
  • yaw-tsawth, which means to set on fire
  • kaw-dawkh, which means to inflame
  • ore, which means luminous
  • daw-lawk, which means to flame, or to flicker

"For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you, lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee"

"Kindle" was used to refer to people becoming angry, as in these two examples; first, Jacob's frustration anger when his wife remained childless, and the jealousy anger of Potiphar when his adulterous wife falsely accused Joseph (see Joseph, Prime Minister Of Egypt) of molesting her to cover up her molesting of him.

The Holy Scriptures

"30:1 And when Rachel [see Rachel Of Padanaram] saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die. 30:2 And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, Am I in God's stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?" (Genesis 30:1-2 KJV)

"39:19 And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled. 39:20 And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison." (Genesis 39:19-20 KJV)

"Kindling" of anger was not limited to humans. The anger of the LORD (i.e. of Jesus Christ - see 'The God Of The Old Testament', 'Before Abraham Was, I AM' and Christ The Creator) was also kindled when people foolishly failed to obey Him.

"4:14 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses [see also Palace Prince To Sinai Shepherd and The Trysting Tent], and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart. 4:15 And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do." (Exodus 4:14-15 KJV)

"11:1 And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp." (Exodus 11:1 KJV)

"6:15 For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you, lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth." (Deuteronomy 6:15 KJV)

It was the kindling of the anger of the LORD that cause the Exodus generation to die wandering in the Sinai (see also The Night Crossing and Why Did Paul Say That Sinai Was In Arabia?), rather than enter the promised land as they had been given the opportunity to do (see A Journey Without A Destination).

"32:13 And the LORD anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation, that had done evil in the sight of the LORD, was consumed." (Exodus 32:13 KJV)

Kindling was of course also used to refer to fire.

"22:6 If fire break out, and catch in Thorns, so that the stacks of Corn, or the standing corn, or the field, be consumed therewith; he that kindled the fire shall surely make restitution." (Exodus 22:6 KJV)

"35:2 Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the LORD: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death. 35:3 Ye shall kindle no fire throughout your habitations upon the sabbath day." (Exodus 35:2-3 KJV)

The term was also used figuratively, whereby the wise do not kindle strife (see Striving For Strife).

"26:20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. 26:21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife." (Proverbs 26:20-21 KJV)

Baptism, when properly done, by immersion, portrays death, burial and resurrection. Christ's ultimate baptism was His death, burial and resurrection, thereby making possible the salvation of all who repent - and the incineration of all who don't (see the Fact Finder question below to understand what "baptism" of fire truly means).

"12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

12:50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!" (Luke 12:49-50 KJV)

Fact Finder: What will happen in a "baptism of fire"?
See Baptism Of Fire

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