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Honey
        

(See BEE.) Bees deposit it in the crevices of rocks (Psalm 81:16), and in hollow trees. Its "dropping" symbolizes speech, sweet, loving, and profitable (Song of Solomon 4:11). The word of God (Psalm 19:10). As wine and meat express strong spiritual nourishment in faith, so honey and milk sometimes symbolize incipient faith (Song of Solomon 5:1). The vegetable honey exuded from trees, as the Tamarix mannifera, and is found only in small globules which must he carefully collected and strained, so that it cannot be what Jonathan ate in the wood (1 Samuel 14:25), or the "wild honey" which John Baptist ate (Matthew 3:4). Honey was forbidden in meat offerings, for it soon turns sour and was used for making vinegar (Pliny, 21:48). It produces fermentation, which is a symbol of the working of corruption in the heart (Leviticus 2:11-12; 1 Corinthians 5:7).


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Fausset, Andrew Robert M.A., D.D., "Definition for 'honey' Fausset's Bible Dictionary".
bible-history.com - Fausset's; 1878.

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