cedar

cedar

A tree mentioned frequently in the Bible. The cedar lives to a great age, as many as two thousand years, therefore attaining great height and diameter. Consequently, it is often referred to as a symbol of strength and power (Ezek 31; Ps 92:12). Cedar was also preferred for the construction of buildings: Solomon’s Temple and palace in Jerusalem had timbers and panels of cedar sent by the king of Tyre (1Kgs 5:6-10; 1Kgs 9:11; 2Chr 2:3). The “cedar of Lebanon” (Ps 37:35) is apparently the laurel, whose fragrant evergreen leaves are symbols of prosperity and distinction.

Ezek 31

The Lofty Cedar
1In the eleventh year, in the third month, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me:2Mortal, say to Pharaoh king of Egypt ... View more

Ps 92:12

12The righteous flourish like the palm tree,
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

1Kgs 5:6-10

6Therefore command that cedars from the Lebanon be cut for me. My servants will join your servants, and I will give you whatever wages you set for your servants ... View more

1Kgs 9:11

11King Hiram of Tyre having supplied Solomon with cedar and cypress timber and gold, as much as he desired, King Solomon gave to Hiram twenty cities in the land ... View more

2Chr 2:3

Alliance with Huram of Tyre
3Solomon sent word to King Huram of Tyre: “Once you dealt with my father David and sent him cedar to build himself a house to live i ... View more

Ps 37:35

35I have seen the wicked oppressing,
and towering like a cedar of Lebanon.

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