A kind of tall evergreen found among stands of cedar and oak. Because of their beauty, cypresses were used as ornamentals in gardens and cemeteries. The hard fragrant wood was preferred for buildings and furniture (Isa 44:14, NRSV: “holm tree”). The fir trees supplied by Hiram of Tyre to Solomon for his Temple and palace (1Kgs 9:11) were cypress, as was the “gopher wood” of Noah’s ark (Gen 6:14).

Isa 44:14

14He cuts down cedars or chooses a holm tree or an oak and lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a cedar and the rain nourishes it.

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

Gen 6:14

14Make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch.

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