The resin or gum of the balsam tree, used as a scent for oils and perfumes as well as a medicine to heal wounds (Jer 8:22
). Often referred to as a “spice,” it was traded throughout the ancient Near East (Ezek 27:17
) and was believed to have been planted originally by King Solomon, who received the trees as gifts from the queen of Sheba (1Kgs 10:10
). The balm from Gilead referred to in (Gen 37:25
) is probably not from the same plant, but was gathered instead from the mastic tree.
22Is there no balm in Gilead?
Is there no physician there?
Why then has the health of my poor people
not been restored?
17Judah and the land of Israel traded with you; they exchanged for your merchandise wheat from Minnith, millet, honey, oil, and balm.
10Then she gave the king one hundred twenty talents of gold, a great quantity of spices, and precious stones; never again did spices come in such quantity as th ... View more
25Then they sat down to eat; and looking up they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, with their camels carrying gum, balm, and resin, on their way ... View more