cummin (Kuh´min)

A cultivated herb whose tiny aromatic seeds were harvested by beating the stalks with a rod (Isa 28:25; Isa 28:27). It was used medicinally, as a perfume oil, and as a seasoning for stews and breads. Paying a tithe on cummin symbolizes scrupulous attention to details of the law (Matt 23:23).

Isa 28:25

25When they have leveled its surface,
do they not scatter dill, sow cummin,
and plant wheat in rows
and barley in its proper place,
and spelt as the border?

Isa 28:27

27Dill is not threshed with a threshing sledge,
nor is a cart wheel rolled over cummin;
but dill is beaten out with a stick,
and cummin with a rod.

Matt 23:23

23“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy a ... View more

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