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Burnished Brass Revelation 1:15 & 2:18

                                  The Quirk

"And HIS FEET LIKE UNTO BURNISHED BRASS, as if it had been refined in a furnace; and his voice as the voice of many waters." (Revelation 1:15)

"And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like a flame of fire, and HIS FEET ARE LIKE UNTO BURNISHED BRASS." (Revelation 2:18)

Both of the bolded areas are the compound Greek word?" (kalkolibanô").

                              The Evidence

Breaking it down into it's two parts, we get:

1: "?????‑" ("kalko")

                                    Greek:

Strong's Number: #5475 chalkos {khal‑kos'} Perhaps from #5465 through the idea of hollowing out as a vessel (this metal being chiefly used for that purpose); n m AV ‑ brass 3, money 2; 5

1) brass

2) what is made of brass, money, coins of brass (also of silver and gold)

2: "‑??????" (libanô)

                                    Greek:

Strong's Number: #3030 libanos {lib'‑an‑os} Of foreign origin #3828; TDNT ‑ 4:263,533; n m AV ‑ frankincense 2; 2

1) the frankincense tree

2) the perfume, frankincense

Wait a sec! Brass and Frankincense? That does not make sense. Why was it translated as burnished?

Also, above, it's of foreign origin? Let's take a look at Strong's Number #3828:

                                   Hebrew:

Strong's Number: #3828 [email protected] {leb‑o‑naw'} or [email protected] {leb‑o‑naw'} from #3836; TWOT ‑ 1074d; n f AV ‑ frankincense 15, incense 6; 21

1) frankincense

    1a) a white resin burned as fragrant incense

        1a1) ceremonially

        1a2) personally

        1a3) used in compounding the holy incense

Once again, referred to another root word, Strong's Number #3836:

                                   Hebrew:

Strong's Number: #3836 laban {law‑bawn'} or (Gen. 49:12) laben {law‑bane'} from #3835; TWOT ‑ 1074a; adj AV ‑ white 29; 29

1) white

Ahhh! Not again! One more time:

                                   Hebrew:

Strong's Number: #3835 laban {law‑ban'} a primitive root; TWOT ‑ 1074b,1074h; v AV ‑ make white 3, make 2, make brick 1, BE WHITE 1, be WHITER 1; 8

1) TO BE WHITE

1a) (Hiphil)

1a1) TO MAKE WHITE, BECOME WHITE, PURIFY

1a2) TO WHOW WHITENESS, GROW WHITE

    1b) (Hithpael) to become white, be purified (ethical)

2) (Qal) to make bricks

So now we know that the word comes from an ancient Hebrew root.

But what does that mean?

What other language did Hebrew come from? Aramaic.

We could have avoided this Strong's goosechase, for the word "‑??????" (libanô) seems to be a translitteration, not a translation, of the Aramaic for "whitening" or "Lebanese."

It is not, how the Greek suggests, brass and frankensense in a furnace, but whitening or Lebanese brass in a furnace, as recorded in the Crawford Manuscript of Revelation:

(Hilighted is the word "Levnoyo," that is "Lebanese")

The Conclusion

"And his feet like unto whitened brass, as if it had been refined in a furnace; and his voice as the voice of many waters." ‑Revelation 1:15

Re 2:18 And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like a flame of fire, and his feet are like unto whitened brass:" ‑ Revelation 2:18

OR

"And his feet like unto Lebanese brass, as if it had been refined in a furnace; and his voice as the voice of many waters." ‑Revelation 1:15

Re 2:18 And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like a flame of fire, and his feet are like unto Lebanese brass:" ‑ Revelation 2:18



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