A heavy, malleable, bluish-gray metal. It was Midianite booty (Num 31:22) and used for weights (Zech 5:7) and sinkers on fishing lines. (Ezek 22:18-20) mentions lead with other metals; (Ezek 27:12) indicates the existence of Israelite trade in lead with Tarshish. (Job 19:24) describes engraved tablets whose letters are lead filled for reading clarity and permanence. (Exod 15:10) employs “lead” figuratively: Pharaoh’s armies sink “as lead” into the waters.

Num 31:22

22gold, silver, bronze, iron, tin, and lead—

Zech 5:7

7Then a leaden cover was lifted, and there was a woman sitting in the basket!

Ezek 22:18-20

18Mortal, the house of Israel has become dross to me; all of them, silver, bronze, tin, iron, and lead. In the smelter they have become dross.19Therefore thus s ... View more

Ezek 27:12

12Tarshish did business with you out of the abundance of your great wealth; silver, iron, tin, and lead they exchanged for your wares.

Job 19:24

24O that with an iron pen and with lead
they were engraved on a rock forever!

Exod 15:10

10You blew with your wind, the sea covered them;
they sank like lead in the mighty waters.

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