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Holman Bible Dictionary

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Hebrew - fuel
Hebrew - fuel

Materials used to start and maintain a fire. Numerous types of fuel are mentioned in Scripture: wood (Isaiah 44:14-16); charcoal (Jeremiah 36:22; John 18:18); shrubs (Psalms 120:4); thorn bushes (Ecclesiastes 7:6; Nahum 1:10); grass (Matthew 6:30); weeds (Matthew 13:40); vines (Ezekiel 15:4,Ezekiel 15:6); branch trimmings (John 15:6); animal or even human dung (Ezekiel 4:12); and the blood-stained clothing of fallen warriors (Isaiah 9:5). Oil was used as a fuel for lamps (Matthew 25:3). Coal was not known to the Hebrews.

Fuel is frequently used figuratively as a symbol of total destruction. Disobedient Israel is portrayed as “fuel for the fire” (Isaiah 9:19; Ezekiel 15:6; Ezekiel 21:32). For Jesus, God's extravagant love evidenced in clothing grass destined to be burned as fuel with beautiful flowers illustrated even greater care for human beings (Matthew 6:30).

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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.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'FUEL'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1991.


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