Tin: Heb. bedil
(Numbers 31:22; Ezekiel 22:18,20) a metal well known in ancient times.
It is the general opinion that the Phoenicians of Tyre and Sidon
obtained their supplies of tin from the British Isles. In
it is said to have been brought from Tarshish, which was probably a
commercial emporium supplied with commodities from other places. In
(Isaiah 1:25) the word so rendered is generally understood of lead, the
alloy with which the silver had become mixed.
(Isaiah 1:22) The fire
of the Babylonish Captivity would be the means of purging out the
idolatrous alloy that had corrupted the people.