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Lily
Lily Blossom • Shoshannim • Water Lily
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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Lily
Lily[Heb šôšan, šûšan, šôšannâ; Gk. kríon] (1 K. 7:19, 22, 26; Cant. 2:1f; Sir. 39:14; etc.). The Hebrew term presents difficulties in botanical identification but seems related philologically to Akk. šešanu, a large flower such as the Lilium candidum, and Egyp sšn, the lotus or waterlily,
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Lily
lily, a flower such as the hyacinth or tulip that grows from a bulb (true lily). Similar groups include the iris, crocus, and narcissus. The reference to “lilies of the field” in Matt. 6:28–30 and Luke 12:27–28 implies an impressive showing of blossoms and variety of colors and therefore may be identified
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Lily
LilyA flower appearing in several different contexts in the Bible. Some occurrences of Heb. šôšān may refer to the white or Madonna lily (Lilium candidum L.), which grows wild in Israel. This flower is familiar from its association with Mary in Christian art. The lily of Cant. 5:13, which is compared
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Lily
Lily (Heb. šôšān, šûšan, šôšannâ; Gk. krínon). As with a number of other botanical terms in the Bible, the Hebrew terms translated “lily” are less specific than modern terms (Egyp. ššn, the lotus or water lily, Nymphaea lotus L.). The only lily occurring naturally in Palestine, Lilium
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Lily
LILY A flower, proverbial for its beauty, mentioned in several passages of the Old Testament, especially in the Song of Solomon (Song 2:1–2, 16; 4:5; 6:3). Several of the Psalms are marked “According to Lilies,” which may refer to a musical melody to which the Psalm was sung (Ps 45; 69; 80). In Hos 14:5,
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Lily
Lily (Heb. shûshân, shôshannâh). Although there is little doubt that the Hebrew word denotes some plant of the lily species, it is by no means certain what individual of this class it specially designates. The plant must have been a conspicuous object on the shores of the Lake of Gennesaret, Matt.
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Lily Blossom
LILY BLOSSOM (Heb. peraḥ shōshān). In the NASB and NIV of 1 Kings 7:26 this term is used in connection with the decoration of the brim of the large cast metal sea in Solomon’s Temple. The KJV reads “flowers of lilies.” See Laver: Temple Basins; Sea, Bronze.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Lily
LilyThe Hebrew name shushan or shoshan, i.e., “whiteness”, was used as the general name of several plants common to Syria, such as the tulip, iris, anemone, gladiolus, ranunculus, etc. Some interpret it, with much probability, as denoting in the Old Testament the water-lily (Nymphoea lotus of Linn.),
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Lily
Lilylily, a flower such as the hyacinth or tulip that grows from a bulb (true lily). Similar groups include the iris, crocus, and narcissus. The reference to ‘lilies of the field’ in Matt. 6:28–30 and Luke 12:27–28 implies an impressive showing of blossoms and variety of colors and therefore may be
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
LILY
LILY<lil’-i> (שׁוּשַׁן‎ [shushan] (1 Kings 7:19), שׁוֹשַׁנָּה‎ [shoshannah] (2 Chronicles 4:5; Song 2:1 f; Hosea 14:5); plural (Song 2:16; 4:5; 5:13; 6:2 f; 7:2; Ecclesiasticus 39:14; 50:8); [κρίνον, krinon] (Matthew 6:28; Luke 12:27)): The Hebrew is probably a loan word from
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Lily
Lilʹy, a beautiful flower, but the species producing it so varied that one cannot easily say what plant is designated by the original Hebrew term. The plant must have been a conspicuous object on the shores of the Sea of Galilee (Matt. 6:28; Luke 12:27); it must have flourished in the deep broad valleys
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
Lily
LILY.—The lily (שׁוּשַׁן‎, שׁוֹשַׁנָּה‎, κρίνον) is mentioned by various OT writers (1 K 7:19, 2 Ch 4:5, Ca 2:1 etc., Hos 14:5). In the NT there is but one reference (Mt 6:28 and || Lk 12:27). From the expression ‘lilies of the field,’ we gather that they were wild flowers, while the comparison of them
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