thorns. 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. Collectively, the term “thorns” refers to the spine-bearing
brambles, various spiny bushes often forming impenetrable thickets. In Judg. 9:7–15, Jotham tells a parable of how the bramble ended up being chosen king of the trees. In Song of Sol. 2:2, a maiden is compared to “a lily among brambles.” Jesus teaches that people must be evaluated according to their
ThornThe thorn of the Bible is not one particular plant. Like the English word “thorn,” it is a general designation for several species. More than 20 Hebrew words have been rendered “thorn,” “thistle,” “brier,” “bramble,” and “nettle” by various translations, often inconsistently. Of these, Heb. qôṣ,
ThistleVarious Hebrew words have been translated “thistle,” “thorn,” “brier,” “bramble,” and “nettle,” and one translation may use various English terms for the same Hebrew word. However, translations have rendered Heb. dārdar, “thistle,” quite consistently. This word occurs only twice in the Bible,
Thorn. A number of Hebrew words are used in the Old Testament for thorns and plants bearing thorns. These words are not likely to have been used with great precision because of the large variety of thorny plants that grow in Palestine. Heb. qôṣ is the term most widely used and was probably of quite
Thistle (Heb. dardar, ḥôaḥ; Gk. tríbolos). Any of various prickly or spiny plants with composite flowers. A large number of thistles are common in the dry land of Palestine, and it is never clear which kind of thistle is referred to in biblical texts. Some of the most common thistles of the region
THORNS Thornbushes are found throughout Palestine. They are an annoyance to farmers, who try to keep their fields clear of such weeds (Prov 24:30–31; Matt 13:7). Adam was told that as a consequence of his Fall, thorns and thistles would plague his efforts at agriculture (Gen 3:18). They are found in
Thorns and Thistles. There appear to be eighteen or twenty Hebrew words which point to different kinds of prickly or thorny shrubs. These words are variously rendered in the Authorized Version by “thorns,” “briers,” “thistles,” etc. Palestine abounded in a great variety of such plants. (“Travellers call
Thorn—(1.) Heb. hedek (Prov. 15:19), rendered “brier” in Micah 7:4. Some thorny plant, of the Solanum family, suitable for hedges. This is probably the so-called “apple of Sodom,” which grows very abundantly in the Jordan valley. “It is a shrubby plant, from 3 to 5 feet high, with very branching stems,
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” (Heb. hedek, “stinging”), supposed by some to be what is called the “apple of Sodom” (q.v.).(2.) Ezek.
Thornsthorns, 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
Bramblesbrambles, various spiny bushes often forming impenetrable thickets (Judg. 14–15; Song of Sol. 2:2). The bramble of Luke 6:44 is probably a fruit-bearing bush such as the blackberry (Rubus sanguineus). See alsoThorns.