Earthen Vessels
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3749. ostrakinos -- earthen
... [3749 () refers to anything made of baked clay, eg earthenware (clay vessels). Earthen
(clay) jars were used for storage and as "writing pads" (for messages ...
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Strong's Hebrew
2789. cheres -- earthenware, earthen vessel, sherd, potsherd
... vessel, sherd, potsherd NASB Word Usage earthen (1), earthen vessel (1), earthenware
(8), earthenware vessel (1), earthenware vessel the vessels (1), fragments ...
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The Heavenly Treasure in Earthen Vessels
... Third Series Sermon 124 The Heavenly Treasure in Earthen Vessels. "We have
this treasure in earthen vessels." 2:Cor.4:7. 1. How long ...
/.../wesley/sermons on several occasions/sermon 124 the heavenly treasure.htm

2 Timothy ii. 20, 21
... The earthen vessels, therefore, are such from uncleanness. The fornicator
and the covetous man become earthen vessels. "But how ...
/.../homily vi 2 timothy ii.htm

The Second Epistle to the Corinthians the Creator the Father of ...
... Satan, the God of This World. The Treasure in Earthen Vessels Explained Against
Marcion. The Creator's Relation to These Vessels, Ie Our Bodies. ...
/.../tertullian/the five books against marcion/chapter xi the second epistle to.htm

Light of a Stone Most Precious
... Earthen vessels, marred, unsightly,. But the treasure as of old,. ... Thus, through
earthen vessels only,. Shining forth in ceaseless grace,. ...
/.../bevan/hymns of ter steegen suso and others/light of a stone most.htm

Fragments of the Fourth Book.
... for the text, [4778] "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency
of the power may be of God and not of us," we interpret it in this way. ...
/.../origens commentary on the gospel of john/fragments of the fourth book.htm

On the Words of the Gospel, John v. 31,"If I Bear Witness of ...
... How, or wherein hath the love of God been shed abroad in the heart of man? "We have,"
saith he, "this treasure in earthen vessels." Why in earthen vessels? ...
/.../sermon lxxviii on the words.htm

The Message Heeded
... "We have this treasure," the apostle continued, "in earthen vessels, that the
excellency of the power may ... The priceless treasure is placed in earthen vessels. ...
/.../white/the acts of the apostles/lesson 31 the message heeded.htm

Instructions to Catechumens.
... For he does not say earthen vessels: but vessels of the potter. But, give
heed: For earthen vessels when crushed would not admit ...
/.../chrysostom/on the priesthood/instructions to catechumens.htm

Mercy must be Freely Shown Even Though it Brings an Odium of Its ...
... So, too, the Apostle says: "We have this treasure in earthen vessels." [566] What
greater treasures has Christ than those in whom He says He Himself lives? ...
/.../ambrose/works and letters of st ambrose/chapter xxviii mercy must be.htm

section 4
... faint not... . But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the
excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are ...
// of the christ-life/section 4.htm

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
Earthen Vessels


urth'-'-n, (cheres, yetser; ostrakinos):

These vessels were heat-resisting and were used for cooking and for boiling clothes (Leviticus 6:28; Leviticus 11:33; Leviticus 14:5, 50). They were probably non-porous and took the place of the kidri or ma'ajin used in Syria today. A traveler in the interior of Palestine may still meet with the hospitality showed to David (2 Samuel 17:28). The generous natives brought not only gifts of food but the necessary vessels in which to cook it. An earthen vessel was used to preserve a land deed (Jeremiah 32:14).

Figurative: In Jeremiah 19:1 breaking of an earthen vessel was symbolical of the destruction of Jerusalem. These vessels were also used to symbolize the commonness (Lamentations 4:2) and frailness of our bodies (2 Corinthians 4:7).


James A. Patch



Earthen Vessels

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