The tree of life

The tree of life

A well-known image deeply rooted in traditions of the ancient Near East. Proverbs also refers metaphorically to a tree of life (Prov 3:18, Prov 11:30, Prov 13:12, Prov 15:4), but the most prominent biblical reference is specifically to the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden (Gen 3:9; Gen 3:22; Gen 3:24; Ezek 31:8). The NT also takes up the image (Rev 2:7; Rev 22:2; Rev 22:14; Rev 22:19).

Prov 3:18

18She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;
those who hold her fast are called happy.

Prov 11:30

30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
but violence takes lives away.

Prov 13:12

12Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

Prov 15:4

4A gentle tongue is a tree of life,
but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

Gen 3:9

9But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”

Gen 3:22

22Then the Lord God said, “See, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might reach out his hand and take also from the tree of li ... View more

Gen 3:24

24He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a sword flaming and turning to guard the way to the tree of life.

Ezek 31:8

8The cedars in the garden of God could not rival it,
nor the fir trees equal its boughs;
the plane trees were as nothing
compared with its branches;
no tree in ... View more

Rev 2:7

7Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To everyone who conquers, I will give permission to eat from the tree of life th ... View more

Rev 22:2

2through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; a ... View more

Rev 22:14

14Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates.

Rev 22:19

19if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away that person's share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are d ... View more

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