flowers

flowers

Blossoming plants. Since flowers are referred to in general terms in the Bible, the specific identity of individual species is difficult to ascertain. In general, the term “lily” applies to the family of plants that have bulbs, tubers, or rhizomes as roots. These include true lilies (the white Madonna lily and the deep red Martagon lily), the tulip, asphodel, Star of Bethlehem, hyacinth, and related narcissus, daffodil, crocus, and iris. The “lily of the valleys” of the Song of Songs (Song 2:1-2) is probably the blue hyacinth. The lilies of the field of (Matt 6:28-30) could be any one of the numerous showy spring flowers such as the crown anemone. As is the case with the lily, the specific references to the rose do not necessarily indicate a true rose, but rather a showy, colorful flower. The rose of Sharon (Song 2:1-5) may have been the tulip or narcissus, both of which grow profusely on the plains of Sharon. Various references to flowers in the Bible are symbolic as well as literal. The flowers of spring signify renewal (Song 2:1) as well as the fragility and transience of life (Isa 40:6-7; 1Pet 1:24; Job 14:2). The qualities of beauty, purity, and sweetness are also likened to flowers (Song 2:1-5, Song 5:13, Isa 28:4).

Song 2:1-2

1I am a rose of Sharon,
a lily of the valleys.
2As a lily among brambles,
so is my love among maidens.

Matt 6:28-30

28And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin,29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glo ... View more

Song 2:1-5

1I am a rose of Sharon,
a lily of the valleys.
2As a lily among brambles,
so is my love among maidens.
3As an apple tree among the trees of the wood,
so is my b ... View more

Song 2:1

1I am a rose of Sharon,
a lily of the valleys.

Isa 40:6-7

6A voice says, “Cry out!”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”
All people are grass,
their constancy is like the flower of the field.7The grass withers, the flower f ... View more

1Pet 1:24

24For
“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,

Job 14:2

2comes up like a flower and withers,
flees like a shadow and does not last.

Song 2:1-5

1I am a rose of Sharon,
a lily of the valleys.
2As a lily among brambles,
so is my love among maidens.
3As an apple tree among the trees of the wood,
so is my b ... View more

Song 5:13

13His cheeks are like beds of spices,
yielding fragrance.
His lips are lilies,
distilling liquid myrrh.

Isa 28:4

4And the fading flower of its glorious beauty,
which is on the head of those bloated with rich food,
will be like a first-ripe fig before the summer;
whoever se ... View more

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