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bā´ka בּכא , bakha' ̌ : In the King James Version in Psalm 84:6 , where the Revised Version (British and American) has "the valley of Weeping," with a marginal variant which is best put in the form, "the valley of the balsam-trees." The word is elsewhere used only in the duplicated account of one of David's battles (2 Samuel 5:23 , 2 Samuel 5:24 ; 1 Chronicles 14:14 , 1 Chronicles 14:15 ). There the translation is "the mulberry trees," with "the balsam-trees" in the margin in the Revised Version (British and American). Conjecturally the word is, by variant spelling, of the stem which denotes weeping; the tree is called "weeper" from some habit of the trickling of its gum or of the moisture on it; the valley of weeping is not a geographical locality, but a picturesque expression for the experiences of those whose strength is in Yahweh, and who through His grace find their sorrows changed into blessings.


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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Baca'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/isb/b/baca.html. 1915.

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Sunday, October 25th, 2020
the Week of Proper 25 / Ordinary 30
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