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Old Testament Hebrew Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #730 - אֶרֶז
1a) cedar tree
1b) cedar timber, cedar wood (in building)
1c) cedar wood (in purifications)
Jeff Benner, Ancient Hebrew Research Center Used by permission of the author.
אֶרֶז pl. אֲרָזִים, אַרְזֵי m. cedar, so called from the firmness of its roots which is remarkable in trees of the pine kind (Theophr. Hist. Plant. ii. 7). The cedrus conifera, is the kind pointed out, a tree uncommonly tall (Isaiah 2:13, 37:24 Amos 2:9) and wide-spreading (Ezekiel 31:3), formerly very abundant in Lebanon (Psalms 29:5, 92:13 104:16 ), but now reduced to a very small number (Ritter, Erdkunde, ii. 446); its wood is odoriferous, without knots, and not liable to decay; used therefore for building and adorning the temple and royal palaces, especially for wainscots and ceilings. Hence used for cedar-work, 1 Kings 6:18. Arab. أَرْزُ, which is still used by the inhabitants of Lebanon; Eth. አርዝ፡ Aram. אַרְזָא; ܐܰܪܙܳܐ. There was therefore no need to deny אֶרֶז to be the cedar, and to make it the pine, as done by Celsius in Hierob. i. 106, seq.
the Week of Proper 15 / Ordinary 20