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Laurel

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Garlands of leaves from the laurel or bay tree (Laurus nobilis) were used by the Greeks to honor the winners of the Pythian games. The leaves of the tree were also used for medicine and seasoning. In Psalm 37:35 , the wicked are compared to a “green bay tree” (KJV). NAS, REB, and NIV refer to a tree in its native soil. NRSV and TEV find a reference to the towering cedars of Lebanon.


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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 'Laurel'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hbd/l/laurel.html. 1991.

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