balsam tree

balsam tree

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).

2Sam 5:23

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.

2Sam 5:24

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

1Chr 14:14-15

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

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