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which might grow in the furrows with wholesome ones, but so like
way into the furrows, it might be gathered
a poisonous element would thus be
“ Calves” (ver. 5), see under Numb. xix. 2. “As for Samaria, her king is cut off as the foam upon the face of the water” (ver. 7). Many readers will have their attention called to one of the truest and most beautiful figures in modern poetry, when they peruse this verse :
“ But pleasures are like poppies spread,
A moment white—then melts for ever."
Hemlock (Conium maculatum).
HE havoc begun by cankerworm and caterpillar is com
pleted by a terrible drought. The strong expressions in
the stroke of death falls suddenly on the newly wedded youthful husband ? Such grief, says the prophet to the people,
shall be yours—“ Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth” (ver. 8). So great was the scarcity to become, that the people were to be unable to yield obedience to ordinances sacred both by the command oi God and their own religious sentiments. “The meat-offering and the drink-offering is cut off from the house of the Lord: the priests, the Lord's ministers, mourn
(ver. 9). Thus all classes were to be brought to feel the pressing calamity. “Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests; howl,
, ye ministers of the altar; come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat-offering and the drink-offering is withholden from the house of your God” (ver. 13). The picture becomes very vivid in verses 10–12—“The field is wasted, the land mourneth ; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth. Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen: howl, 0 ye vine-dressers, for the wheat
O and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished. The vine is dried up, and the fig-tree languisheth : the pomegranate-tree, the palm-tree also, and the apple-tree, even all the trees of the field are withered away from the sons of men.” The vine (Vitis vinifera), see under Gen. ix. 20, 21. The fig (Ficus carica), Gen. iii. 7. The pomegranate (Punica granatum), 1 Sam. xiv. 2. The apple-tree (Pyrus malus), Song iïi. 3. Like the trees of Eden, these were all both pleasant to the eye and good for food. When the palm-tree is added to the number which were dried up and which were languished because of the drought, the wide-spread misery of the visitation becomes apparent. The palm-tree (Phoenix dactylifera), or date-palm, has been noticed under Exod. xv. 27; Deut. xxxiv. 3 ; Judg. i. 16; and Ps. xcii. 12– which see.
Linked up here with the vine, fig, pomegranate, and the apple, the
Cochineal Insect mate
Pumt hice of the Rose
Acrydium aurulescens Blue-winged Grasshopper:
LEVIT. XI. 22: JOEL I. 2-4.
usefulness of the palm is specially suggested. The ancients boasted that three hundred and sixty uses could be made of the products of the palm-tree. See under Rev. vii. 9. The natural order (Palmæ) to
which the date-tree belongs, is celebrated for the usefulness of the genera ranked under it.
Their wide-spread distribution in tropical climes; their number, about one thousand species; their graceful forms; and the great size to which many of them grow—have thrown an interest around them denied to most other plants. Their geographical range supplies a fine illustration of the goodness of God. They furnish
the people of the regions in which they are indigenous with more varied means of enjoyment than any other member of the vegetable kingdom. To Israel in the desert, or when at rest in the plains of Palestine, the date-tree was of the highest interest. It became woven into their poetry, and associated with some of the most significant of their religious symbols. Its leaves were waved by the hands of rejoicing thousands, at a season when the religious heart of the nation was stirred to its depths by conscious joy. The highest expression for a