Spiny plants normally of little economic or cultural value. Thorns are referred to in the Bible by several different terms, such as brambles, briers, thistles, and nettles. They are usually mentioned in a negative sense as irritants, impediments, noxious plants, or indicators of desolate areas. The crown of thorns that was placed on Jesus’s head (Matt 27:29) has been variously identified as Christ thorn, thorny burnet, or paliurus, all of which are shrubs common in the plains and hill regions of the Levant. Brambles (Luke 6:44) may refer to the fruit-bearing blackberry or raspberry plants (genus Rubus) growing on moist stream banks or the spiny burnet dominating the limestone soils. Both plants form impenetrable thickets. Briers, like thorns and brambles, also form woody thickets and spiny hedges (Mic 7:4; Ezek 28:24).
29and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, “Hail, Ki ... View more
44for each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush.
4The best of them is like a brier,
the most upright of them a thorn hedge.
The day of their sentinels, of their punishment, has come;
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24The house of Israel shall no longer find a pricking brier or a piercing thorn among all their neighbors who have treated them with contempt. And they shall kn ... View more