[b-hebrew] Isaiah 30:14 description of a metal smith?

K Randolph kwrandolph at gmail.com
Tue Oct 30 07:44:48 EDT 2007

Dear Havurim:

GB), what does it mean? Is this a salt marsh or river delta as
indicated by Ezekiel 47:11?

An addendum to the note previously posted:

While I have done some ornamental work with black smithing using
commercially available soft steel, I had not done tempering and
hardening as is used to make tools and weapons, as in ancient times.
So I checked http://www.usgennet.org/usa/topic/preservation/smithy/chpt7.htm
and sure enough, salt water was used in the tempering of steel.

Instead of being a difficult to understand verse, it looks as if
Isaiah 30:14 could be translated as:

And its breaking apart is as the breaking of a leather bag (used as
part of a bellows) used in the making of forged objects, he (God) will
not have pity, and there will not be found in the blacksmith's shop a
worker to bank a lit fire (to keep it burning hotly) and to draw water
from a salt marsh.

Pretty straight forward. Well, it does require that a few points be
changed, but what's new in that?

Any comments? Criticisms? Alternate readings?

Karl W. Randolph.

On 10/29/07, K Randolph <kwrandolph at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Havurim:
> As someone who as a hobby has done some blacksmithing (it's fun!)
> though the latest has been with heavy machinery (lathes and milling
> machines), it certainly appears that much of this verse refers to a
> smithy.
> YWCRYM KTWT one thing that typifies metal work is repeated tapping
> with a hammer to mold the metal into shape. I have done this with both
> iron and copper, and it is fun to see the shape come out. In both
> metals, high heat is needed, which was aided by the use of bellows
> which, in ancient times, were often made with skin bags NBL (modern
> smithies use a fan). Do these two words refer to the action of
> smithing?
> MKTT is this the word for smithy?
> XR%, should this be XR$ worker? And in this context there is no worker
> in the smithy to rake the lit fires (to keep them burning hot)?
> GB) as a noun used only once, possibly referring to a quenching or
> annealing vat that has water?
> Any thoughts?
> Karl W. Randolph.

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