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Instrument that blows air on a fire making it burn hotter. The term is used only in Jeremiah 6:29 . God appointed Jeremiah as the assayer of His people to test their purity. God's people remained like impure metal despite the fact that the bellows had blown fiercely on the fire making it hot enough to consume lead. The refining process was in vain; the wicked remained; the people were like refuse silver. The idea of a bellows is alluded to elsewhere in the Bible (See Job 20:26 ; Job 41:21 ; Isaiah 54:16 ; Ezekiel 22:20-21 ). See Assayer .

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Bellows'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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