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Morrish Bible Dictionary

Hyssop

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A plant used in the Jewish observances. It is often associated with cedar wood and scarlet, and was used in sprinkling the unclean. It is described as springing out of the wall showing its littleness, though some of its stems may have been long enough to be used as a reed on which the sponge was placed to give the Lord vinegar when on the cross. Others however suppose that the hyssop was added because of its aroma, and both the sponge and the hyssop were tied to a reed. The hyssop is in contrast to the stately cedar, and is symbolical of man's littleness. The words ezob and ὕσσωπος doubtless point to the well-known hyssop which is extensive in Palestine, though some suppose other aromatic plants are included, as the wild marjoram. Exodus 12:22; Leviticus 14:4,6,51,52; Numbers 19:6,18; 1 Kings 4:33; Psalm 51:7; John 19:29; Hebrews 9:19 .

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Hyssop'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/mbd/h/hyssop.html. 1897.

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