Wineskin in the Smoke
Ps 119:83 "For I have become like a wineskin in
smoke, yet I do not forget Your statutes.
A "Wineskin in the Smoke"
The Psalmist here is referring to an experience in his life
where he sees himself on the brink of ruin. He uses the term
"wineskin in the smoke" as an illustration of how he felt.
Hanging Skin Bottles in
Drinking containers in ancient times were usually made of
skin. These skin bottles were often used out in the
wilderness to hang in a tent when the use of fire was needed
inside and there was no chimney. The skin would absorb the
smoke for a long period of time.
Immediately the skin would become hard and shriveled because
of the smoke and afterwards it turned black and was
A striking figure for a man of God to refer himself as yet
even in this state he "would not forget God's Word."
Bibliography on Ancient Customs
The Art of Ancient Egypt, Revised
by Robins, 272 Pages, Pub. 2008
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