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brier

This word occurs frequently, and is the translation of several different terms.

  1. Micah 7:4, it denotes a species of thorn shrub used for hedges

    In Prov. 15:19 the word is rendered “thorn” (Hebrew: hedek, “stinging”), supposed by some to be what is called the “apple of Sodom” (q.v.).

  2. Ezek. 28:24, sallon', properly a “prickle,” such as is found on the shoots of the palm tree

  3. Isa. 55:13, probably simply a thorny bush

    Some, following the Vulgate Version, regard it as the “nettle.”

  4. Isa. 5:6; 7:23-25, etc., frequently used to denote thorny shrubs in general

    In 10:17; 27:4, it means troublesome men.

  5. In Hebrews 6:8 the Greek word (tribolos) so rendered means “three-pronged,” and denotes the land caltrop, a low throny shrub resembling in its spikes the military “crow-foot.” Compare Matt. 7:16, “thistle.”