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Easton's Bible Dictionary

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Greek - honey
Hebrew - honey, honeycomb
Hebrew - honeycomb, honey, honey from the comb

  • Heb. ya'ar, occurs only 1 Samuel 14:25,27,29; Cant 5:1, where it denotes the honey of bees. Properly the word signifies a forest or copse, and refers to honey found in woods.

  • Nopheth, honey that drops (Psalms 19:10; Proverbs 5:3; Cant. 4:11).

  • Debash denotes bee-honey (Judges 14:8); but also frequently a vegetable honey distilled from trees (Genesis 43:11; Ezekiel 27:17). In these passages it may probably mean "dibs," or syrup of grapes, i.e., the juice of ripe grapes boiled down to one-third of its bulk.

  • Tsuph, the cells of the honey-comb full of honey (Proverbs 16:24; Psalms 19:10).

  • "Wild honey" (Matthew 3:4) may have been the vegetable honey distilled from trees, but rather was honey stored by bees in rocks or in trees (Deuteronomy 32:13; Psalms 81:16; 1 Samuel 14:25-29).

    Canaan was a "land flowing with milk and honey" (Exodus 3:8). Milk and honey were among the chief dainties in the earlier ages, as they are now among the Bedawin; and butter and honey are also mentioned among articles of food (Isaiah 7:15). The ancients used honey instead of sugar (Psalms 119:103; Proverbs 24:13); but when taken in great quantities it caused nausea, a fact referred to in Prov 25:16,17to inculcate moderation in pleasures. Honey and milk also are put for sweet discourse (Cant 4:11).

  • Copyright Statement
    These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

    Bibliography Information
    Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for 'Honey'". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".
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