Cedar

“(Heb. e’rez, Gr. kedros, Lat. cedrus), a tree very frequently” “mentioned in Scripture. It was stately (Ezek. 31:3-5),” “long-branched (Ps. 80:10; 92:12; Ezek. 31:6-9), odoriferous” “(Cant. 4:11; Hos. 14:6), durable, and therefore much used for” “boards, pillars, and ceilings (1 Kings 6:9, 10; 7:2; Jer.” “22:14), for masts (Ezek. 27:5), and for carved images (Isa.” 44:14). “It grew very abundantly in Palestine, and particularly onLebanon, of which it was “the glory” (Isa. 35:2; 60:13). Hiram” supplied Solomon with cedar trees from Lebanon for various purposes connected with the construction of the temple and the “king’s palace (2 Sam. 5:11; 7:2, 7; 1 Kings 5:6, 8, 10; 6:9, 10,” “15, 16, 18, 20; 7:2, 3, 7, 11, 12; 9:11, etc.). Cedars were used” also in the building of the second temple under Zerubbabel (Ezra 3:7). “Of the ancient cedars of Lebanon there remain now only some seven or eight. They are not standing together. But beside them there are found between three hundred and four hundred of “younger growth. They stand in an amphitheatre fronting the west,” “about 6,400 feet above the level of the sea.” “The cedar is often figuratively alluded to in the sacred “Scriptures. “The mighty conquerors of olden days, the despots of” “Assyria and the Pharaohs of Egypt, the proud and idolatrous” “monarchs of Judah, the Hebrew commonwealth itself, the war-like” “Ammonites of patriarchal times, and the moral majesty of the” “Messianic age, are all compared to the towering cedar, in its” “royal loftiness and supremacy (Isa. 2:13; Ezek. 17:3, 22, 23,” “31:3-9; Amos 2:9; Zech. 11:1, 2; Job 40:17; Ps. 29:5; 80:10;” “92:12, etc).”, Groser’s Scrip. Nat. Hist. (See BOX-TREE.)”

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