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What was a winepress? (Isaiah 63:2)

2 Why is your apparel red,
    and your garments like his who treads in the winepress?

Isaiah 63:2

ESV - 2 Why is your apparel red, and your garments like his who treads in the winepress?

Clarify Share Report Asked June 19 2019 Mini Jack Gutknecht

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I would say that a winepress was a device that was used to extract the juice from grapes by pressing (crushing) them, for purposes of then fermenting that juice and turning it into wine. In the passage cited in the question, it is being used as a metaphor for God judging and punishing human sin (with the juice from the grapes representing blood), from which the reference to God "trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored" in the Battle Hymn of the Republic is derived.

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