Isaiah 31:9
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9  His rock shall melt with terror, And his officers shall collapse from weakness— Declares Hashem, who has a fire in Tzion, Who has an oven in Yerushalayim.

v’-sal-O mi-ma-GOR ya-a-VOR v’-kha-TU mi-NAYS sa-RAV n’-um a-do-NAI a-sher UR LO b’-tzi-YON v’-ta-NUR LO bee-ru-sha-LA-im

ט  וְסַלְעוֹ מִמָּגוֹר יַעֲבוֹר וְחַתּוּ מִנֵּס שָׂרָיו נְאֻם־יְהֹוָה אֲשֶׁר־אוּר לוֹ בְּצִיּוֹן וְתַנּוּר לוֹ בִּירוּשָׁלָ ִם׃

 31:9   Who has a fire in Tzionwho has an oven in Yerushalayim

In Hebrew, the word shuv (שׁוב) means both ‘repent,’ and ‘return.’ Yeshayahu begs the people to repent and return to Hashem. If they do so, he promises, Assyria will fall before God, whom the prophet describes as both a ‘fire,’ in Hebrew ur (אור), and an ‘oven,’ tanur (תנור). While both metaphors involve fire, there is an importance difference between a fire and an oven. The metaphor of fire describes Hashem burning and destroying the Assyrian enemy. But in the metaphor of the oven, the same fire is a source of heat and comfort, thus reminding us that our actions determine whether Hashem relates to us as fire of destruction or a helpful oven.

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  • The Fire and furnace are also a place of refining and truly Jerusalem is a refining fiery furnace for all who will commit their lives to this awesome living Creator God. The Spiritual warfare here is continuous.

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