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Bible Encyclopedias

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Scum

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skum ( חלאה , ḥel'āh ; Septuagint ἰός , iós , "poison" or "verdigris"; compare Plato Rep . 609a): The word is only found in Ezekiel 24:6 , Ezekiel 24:11 , Ezekiel 24:12 , where the Revised Version (British and American) translates it "rust." The fact, however, that the caldron is of brass and therefore not liable to rust, and the astonishment expressed that the fire did not remove it (Ezekiel 24:12 ), would seem to point to the preferability of the translation "scum," the residue of dirt adhering to the caldron from previous use.

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Scum'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/s/scum.html. 1915.

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