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רמון , Numbers 13:23 ; Numbers 20:5 ; 1 Samuel 14:2 , &c, a low tree growing very common in Palestine, and in other parts of the east. Its branches are very thick and bushy; some of them are armed with sharp thorns. They are garnished with narrow spear-shaped leaves. Its flowers are of an elegant red colour, resembling a rose. It is chiefly valued for the fruit, which is as big as a large apple, is quite round, and has the general qualities of other summer fruits, allaying heat and quenching thirst. The high estimation in which it was held by the people of Israel, may be inferred from its being one of the three kinds of fruit brought by the spies from Eshcol to Moses and the congregation in the wilderness, Numbers 13:23 ; Numbers 20:5 ; and from its being specified by that rebellious people as one of the greatest luxuries which they enjoyed in Egypt, the want of which they felt so severely in the sandy desert. The pomegranate, classed by Moses with wheat and barley, vines and figs, oil olive and honey, was, in his account, one principal recommendation of the promised land, Deuteronomy 8:8 . The form of this fruit was so beautiful, as to be honoured with a place at the bottom of the high priest's robe, Exodus 28:33 ; Sir_45:9 ; and was the principal ornament of the stately columns of Solomon's temple. The inside is full of small kernels, replenished with a generous liquor. In short, there is scarcely any part of the pomegranate which does not delight and recreate the senses.

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Pomegranate'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. 1831-2.

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