Plants gathered for flavor, aroma, or medicinal value (2Kgs 4:39
). Used at Passover, they were a symbol of suffering (Exod 12:8
; Num 9:11
), but they could make a modest meal (Prov 15:17
39One of them went out into the field to gather herbs; he found a wild vine and gathered from it a lapful of wild gourds, and came and cut them up into the pot ... View more
8They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.
11In the second month on the fourteenth day, at twilight, they shall keep it; they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.
17Better is a dinner of vegetables where love is
than a fatted ox and hatred with it.