fir tree

fir tree

As a general term, often used in the book of Isaiah, coniferous evergreens such as the cypress, juniper, and pine; as a specific term, most likely the stately Aleppo pine, a tree common to the arid hilly regions of Palestine and Lebanon. It is often found growing mixed with cedars (Isa 60:13; 2Kgs 19:23; NRSV: “cypress”) and was one of the trees sent by Hiram to Solomon for the construction of his Temple (1Kgs 5:10; 2Chr 2:8; NRSV: “cypress”). Aside from its use in architecture, the fir tree was also cut into planks for shipbuilding (Ezek 27:5) and made into some musical instruments (2Sam 6:5).

Isa 60:13

13The glory of Lebanon shall come to you,
the cypress, the plane, and the pine,
to beautify the place of my sanctuary;
and I will glorify where my feet rest.

2Kgs 19:23

23By your messengers you have mocked the Lord,
and you have said, “With my many chariots
I have gone up the heights of the mountains,
to the far recesses of Leb ... View more

1Kgs 5:10

10So Hiram supplied Solomon's every need for timber of cedar and cypress.

2Chr 2:8

8Send me also cedar, cypress, and algum timber from Lebanon, for I know that your servants are skilled in cutting Lebanon timber. My servants will work with you ... View more

Ezek 27:5

5They made all your planks
of fir trees from Senir;
they took a cedar from Lebanon
to make a mast for you.

2Sam 6:5

5David and all the house of Israel were dancing before the Lord with all their might, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals.

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