olive

olive

An evergreen tree and its fruit, an oval-shaped, oil-bearing drupe. The olive in antiquity was the fruit par excellence; either the fresh fruit or its oil found a place at every meal. The tree became a symbol of fertility (Ps 128:3), beauty (Jer 11:16; Hos 14:6), divine blessing (Deut 7:13), and peace and bountifulness (Gen 8:11). There was hardly a phase of life not touched by the olive tree. It was used for food (Num 11:8), for fuel for lamps, as a medicine (Isa 1:6; Luke 10:34), as an anointing oil (1Sam 10:1; 2Kgs 9:3; Isa 61:1), and in sacrifice (Lev 2:4; Gen 28:18), and its wood was used for furniture (1Kgs 6:23; 1Kgs 6:31-33). The olive branch was the first vegetation seen by Noah after the Flood (Gen 8:11).

Ps 128:3

3Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
around your table.

Jer 11:16

16The Lord once called you, “A green olive tree, fair with goodly fruit”; but with the roar of a great tempest he will set fire to it, and its branches will be ... View more

Hos 14:6

6His shoots shall spread out;
his beauty shall be like the olive tree,
and his fragrance like that of Lebanon.

Deut 7:13

13he will love you, bless you, and multiply you; he will bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your wine and your oil, the i ... View more

Gen 8:11

11and the dove came back to him in the evening, and there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf; so Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth ... View more

Num 11:8

8The people went around and gathered it, ground it in mills or beat it in mortars, then boiled it in pots and made cakes of it; and the taste of it was like the ... View more

Isa 1:6

6From the sole of the foot even to the head,
there is no soundness in it,
but bruises and sores
and bleeding wounds;
they have not been drained, or bound up,
or ... View more

Luke 10:34

34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

1Sam 10:1

1Samuel took a vial of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him; he said, “The Lord has anointed you ruler over his people Israel. You shall reign over the ... View more

2Kgs 9:3

3Then take the flask of oil, pour it on his head, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord: I anoint you king over Israel.’ Then open the door and flee; do not linger.”

Isa 61:1

The Good News of Deliverance
1The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
to bi ... View more

Lev 2:4

4When you present a grain offering baked in the oven, it shall be of choice flour: unleavened cakes mixed with oil, or unleavened wafers spread with oil.

Gen 28:18

18So Jacob rose early in the morning, and he took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it.

1Kgs 6:23

The Furnishings of the Temple
23In the inner sanctuary he made two cherubim of olivewood, each ten cubits high.

1Kgs 6:31-33

31For the entrance to the inner sanctuary he made doors of olivewood; the lintel and the doorposts were five-sided.32He covered the two doors of olivewood with ... View more

Gen 8:11

11and the dove came back to him in the evening, and there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf; so Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth ... View more

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