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Brass

The Bible

Bible Usage:

Dictionaries:

  • Included in Eastons: Yes
  • Included in Hitchcocks: No
  • Included in Naves: Yes
  • Included in Smiths: Yes
  • Included in Websters: Yes
  • Included in Strongs: Yes
  • Included in Thayers: Yes
  • Included in BDB: Yes

Strongs Concordance:

Easton's Bible Dictionary
Brass

Which is an alloy of copper and zinc, was not known till the thirteenth century. What is designated by this word in Scripture is properly copper (Deuteronomy 8:9). It was used for fetters (Judges 16:21; 2 Kings 25:7), for pieces of armour (1 Samuel 17:5, 6), for musical instruments (1 Chronicles 15:19; 1 Corinthians 13:1), and for money (Matthew 10:9).

It is a symbol of insensibility and obstinacy in sin (Isaiah 48:4; Jeremiah 6:28; Ezekiel 22:18), and of strength (Psalms 107:16; Micah 4:13).

The Macedonian empire is described as a kingdom of brass (Daniel 2:39). The "mountains of brass" Zechariah (6:1) speaks of have been supposed to represent the immutable decrees of God.

The serpent of brass was made by Moses at the command of God (Numbers 21:4-9), and elevated on a pole, so that it might be seen by all the people when wounded by the bite of the serpents that were sent to them as a punishment for their murmurings against God and against Moses. It was afterwards carried by the Jews into Canaan, and preserved by them till the time of Hezekiah, who caused it to be at length destroyed because it began to be viewed by the people with superstitious reverence (2 Kings 18:4). (See NEHUSHTAN.)

The brazen serpent is alluded to by our Lord in John 3:14, 15. (See SERPENT.)


Naves Topical Index
Brass

Or more probably copper.

Smelted
Ezekiel 22:20; Job 28:2

A mineral of Canaan
Deuteronomy 8:9; Joshua 22:8

A mineral of Syria
2 Samuel 8:8

Tyrians traded in
Ezekiel 27:13

Abundance of, for the temple
1 Kings 7:47; 1 Chronicles 22:14

Articles made of:

Altar, vessels, and other articles of the tabernacle and temple
Exodus 38:28-31; 1 Kings 7:14-47; Ezra 8:27

Cymbals
1 Chronicles 15:19

Trumpets
1 Corinthians 13:1

Armor
1 Samuel 17:5-6; 2 Chronicles 12:10

Bows
Bow

Fetters
Judges 16:21; 2 Kings 25:7

Gates
Psalms 107:16; Isaiah 45:2

Bars
1 Kings 4:13

Idols
Daniel 5:4; Revelation 9:20

Mirrors
Exodus 38:8

Household vessels
Mark 7:4

Money
Matthew 10:9; Mark 12:41

Workers in:

Tubal-Cain
Genesis 4:22

Hiram
1 Kings 7:14

Alexander
2 Timothy 4:14
Brazier; Copper; Molding

Figurative
Leviticus 26:19; Deuteronomy 33:25; Isaiah 48:4; Jeremiah 1:18; Ezekiel 1:7; Daniel 2:32; Daniel 2:39; Daniel 7:19; Daniel 10:6; Zech 6:1; Revelation 1:15


Smith's Bible Dictionary
Brass

The word nechosheth is improperly translated by "brass." In most places of the Old Testament the correct translation would be copper, although it may sometimes possibly mean bronze a compound of copper and tin. Indeed a simple metal was obviously intended, as we see from (8:9; 33:25; Job 28) Copper was known at a very early period. (Genesis 4:22)


Webster's 1828 Dictionary
Brass

BR'ASS, noun

1. An alloy of copper and zink, of a yellow color; usually containing about one third of its weight of zink, but the proportions are variable. The best brass is made by cementation of calamine or the oxyd of zink with granulated copper.

2. Impudence; a brazen face.


Webster's 1828 Dictionary
Brasse

BR'ASSE,noun The pale spotted perch, with two long teeth on each side; the lucio-perca.


Webster's 1828 Dictionary
Brassica

BRAS'SICA, noun [Latin] Cabbage.


Webster's 1828 Dictionary
Brassiness

BR'ASSINESS, noun A quality of brass; the appearance of brass.


Webster's 1828 Dictionary
Brass-paved

BR'ASS-PAVED, adjective Hard as brass.


Webster's 1828 Dictionary
Brass-visaged

BR'ASS-VISAGED, adjective Impudent.


Webster's 1828 Dictionary
Brassy

BR'ASSY, adjective Pertaining to brass; partaking of brass; hard as brass; having the color of brass.

1. Impudent; impudently bold.