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A tree grown especially in Lebanon and valued as building material (probably Cedrus libani ). Cedar played a still-unknown role in the purification rites of Israel (Leviticus 14:4 ; Numbers 19:6 ). Kings used cedar for royal buildings (2 Samuel 5:11 ; 1 Kings 5:6 ; 1 Kings 6:9-7:12 ). Cedar signified royal power and wealth (1 Kings 10:27 ). Thus the cedar symbolized growth and strength (Psalm 92:12 ; compare Ezekiel 17:1 ). Still, the majestic cedars could not stand before God's powerful presence (Psalm 29:5 ). The cedars owed their existence to God, who had planted them (Psalm 104:16 ). See Plants in the Bible .

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Cedar'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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