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Easton's Bible Dictionary

 

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Almond
        a native of Syria and Israel. In form, blossoms, and fruit it
        resembles the peach tree. Its blossoms are of a very pale pink
        colour, and appear before its leaves. Its Hebrew name, _shaked_,
        signifying "wakeful, hastening," is given to it on account of
        its putting forth its blossoms so early, generally in February,
        and sometimes even in January. In Eccl. 12:5, it is referred to
        as illustrative, probably, of the haste with which old age
        comes. There are others, however, who still contend for the old
        interpretation here. "The almond tree bears its blossoms in the
        midst of winter, on a naked, leafless stem, and these blossoms
        (reddish or flesh-coloured in the beginning) seem at the time of
        their fall exactly like white snow-flakes. In this way the
        almond blossom is a very fitting symbol of old age, with its
        silvery hair and its wintry, dry, barren, unfruitful condition."
        In Jer. 1:11 "I see a rod of an almond tree [shaked]...for I
        will hasten [shaked] my word to perform it" the word is used as
        an emblem of promptitude. Jacob desired his sons (Gen. 43:11) to
        take with them into Egypt of the best fruits of the land,
        almonds, etc., as a present to Joseph, probably because this
        tree was not a native of Egypt. Aaron's rod yielded almonds
        (Num. 17:8; Heb. 9:4). Moses was directed to make certain parts
        of the candlestick for the ark of carved work "like unto
        almonds" (Ex. 25:33, 34). The Hebrew word _luz_, translated
        "hazel" in the Authorized Version (Gen. 30:37), is rendered in
        the Revised Version "almond." It is probable that _luz_ denotes
        the wild almond, while _shaked_ denotes the cultivated variety.

Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. M.A., D.D., "Biblical Meaning for 'Almond' Eastons Bible Dictionary".
bible-history.com - Eastons; 1897.

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