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Dictionaries :: Bay Tree

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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Bay Tree:

named only in Psa 37:35, Authorized Version. The Hebrew word so rendered is ereh, which simply means "native born", i.e., a tree not transplanted, but growing on its native soil, and therefore luxuriantly. If the psalmist intended by this word to denote any particular tree, it may have been the evergreen bay laurel (Laurus nobilis), which is a native of Palestine. Instead of "like a green bay tree" in the Authorized Version, the Revised Version has, "like a green tree in its native soil."

International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia

Bay Tree:

ba'-tre' (the King James Version only; Ps 37:35; ‘ezrach): The word means "native," "indigenous," and the Revised Version (British and American) translations "a green tree in its native soil."

Smith's Bible Dictionary

Bay Tree:

A species of laurel, Laurus nobilis. An evergreen, with leaves like our mountain laurel (Psalm 37:35).

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