As a general term, often used in the book of Isaiah, coniferous evergreens such as the cypress, juniper, and pine; as a specific term, most likely the stately Aleppo pine, a tree common to the arid hilly regions of Palestine and Lebanon. It is often found growing mixed with cedars (Isa 60:13
; 2Kgs 19:23
; NRSV: “cypress”) and was one of the trees sent by Hiram to Solomon for the construction of his Temple (1Kgs 5:10
; 2Chr 2:8
; NRSV: “cypress”). Aside from its use in architecture, the fir tree was also cut into planks for shipbuilding (Ezek 27:5
) and made into some musical instruments (2Sam 6:5
13The glory of Lebanon shall come to you,
the cypress, the plane, and the pine,
to beautify the place of my sanctuary;
and I will glorify where my feet rest.
23By your messengers you have mocked the Lord,
and you have said, “With my many chariots
I have gone up the heights of the mountains,
to the far recesses of Leb ... View more
10So Hiram supplied Solomon's every need for timber of cedar and cypress.
8Send me also cedar, cypress, and algum timber from Lebanon, for I know that your servants are skilled in cutting Lebanon timber. My servants will work with you ... View more
5They made all your planks
of fir trees from Senir;
they took a cedar from Lebanon
to make a mast for you.
5David and all the house of Israel were dancing before the Lord with all their might, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals.