Implements used for agricultural or mechanical purposes. Early tools were of wood, flint or stone. The development of ironworking brought iron-bladed tools and farm implements into common use. Axes were used to fell trees; hammers, chisels and saws were used by both carpenters and masons. Assyria and Babylon are depicted as tools in God’s hand.
Tools made from iron and bronze
Tools used in specific tasks
Stoneworking tools 1Ki 6:7; 1Ki 7:9 Saws were used in both carpentry and stonemasonry. See also Ex 34:1; Dt 10:3; Isa 22:16; Jer 23:29 No tools were to be used on stones for an altar: Ex 20:25; Dt 27:5; Jos 8:31
Agricultural tools Isa 2:4 pp Mic 4:3 A pruning hook is a curved blade used in pruning. See also Joel 3:10; Isa 18:5 pruning knives; Isa 30:24 fork and shovel A winnowing fork is a wooden pitchfork used to toss grain into the wind: Jer 15:7; Mt 3:12 pp Lk 3:17
The nations as tools in God’s hand
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