A tree of uncertain species, though a cedarlike conifer appears likely. In David’s fight with the Philistines at Rephaim, a grove of balsam trees is given both literal and figurative value. David is instructed to mount an attack on Philistine positions from the rear “opposite the balsam trees” (2Sam 5:23
). He is then to time his attack “when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees” (2Sam 5:24
) as a sign that the Lord had preceded him into battle (1Chr 14:14-15
23When David inquired of the Lord, he said, “You shall not go up; go around to their rear, and come upon them opposite the balsam trees.
24When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then be on the alert; for then the Lord has gone out before you to strike down the army o ... View more
14When David again inquired of God, God said to him, “You shall not go up after them; go around and come on them opposite the balsam trees.15When you hear the s ... View more