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Herbs Found In The Bible

Updated on March 31, 2012

Herbs That Were Used In The Bible

I thought it would be interesting to talk about where in the Bible that herbs were used and how. Since the history of herbs go back hundreds of years and more! I actually have not heard many people say at anytime that they knew what herbs were used and how, and also maybe what for. Many people still don't know what many of our herbs are used for today. It is amazing how many herbs are out there. Did you know that for every disease there is a cure growing in the ground for it? Just like digitalis. Before we had digitalis in pill form, people used to chew the leaf right off the tree. Actually there were less deaths when people were doing that. You see the leaf also had something in it that would give a person a stomach ache if they were getting too much. Now the pill is made without that part in it, and if you take too much, I understand it can be fatal. I believe that we are coming into the time when we will probably go back to growing gardens and herbal gardens as in groups or family's, if you are not already doing it.


(Liviticus 14:51) Then he is to take the cedar wood, the hyssop, the scarlet yarn and the live bird, and the fresh water, and sprinkle the house seven times.

(Liviticus 14:52) He shall purify the house with the bird's blood, the fresh water, the live bird, the cedar wood, the hyssop and the scarlet yarn.

Numbers and Samuel

(Numbers 19:6) "The priest is to take some cedar wood, hyssop and scarlet wool and throw them onto the burning heifer."

(Numbers 24:6) "Like valleys they spread out, like gardens beside a river, like aloes planted by the Lord, like cedars beside the waters."

(2 Samuel 5:11) "Now Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with cedar logs, and carpenters and stone masons , and they built a Palace for David."

(2 Samuel 7:2) He said to Nathan the prophet, "Here I am, living in a palace of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent!"

(2 Samuel 7:7) Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, "did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, "Why have you not built me a house of cedar?"

I Kings, II Kings, I Chronicles, II Chronicles

(I Kings ) 5:8 "So Hiram sent word to Solomon, saying, "I have received the message you sent me and will do all you want in providing the cedar and pine logs. My men will separate them and you can take them away. And you are to grant my wish by providing food for my royal household."

(I Kings 9:11 King Solomon gave 20 towns in Galilee to Hiram king of Tyre, because Hiram had supplied him with all the cedar, pine and gold he wanted.

(II Kings19:23) By your messengers, you have heaped insults on the Lord. All you have said "With my many chariots, "I have accepted the heights of the mountains, the utmost heights of Lebanon, I have cut down it's tallest cedars, the choicest of its pines, I have reached its remotest parts, the finest of its forests.

(I Chronicles 22:4) David provided more cedar logs, than could be counted, for the Sidonians and Tyrians had brought large numbers of them to David.

(II Chronicles 1:15) The King made silver and gold at Jerusalem (as plentiful) as the stones, and cedar as plentiful as the sycamore-fig trees in the foothills.

Numbers, Psalms, John, Esther, Proverbs, and Song of Solomon

(Numbers 9:18) "Then a man who is ceremonially clean, is to take some hyssop, dip it in the water and sprinkle the tent and all the furnishings and the people who were there. He must also sprinkle anyone who has touched a human bone or a grave or someone who has been killed someone who has died a natural death.

(Psalms 51:7) "Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow

( Psalms 45:8) ."All your robes are fragrant with myrrh, aloe, and cassia.

(John 19:29) A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus' lips.

(Esther 2:12) Before a girls turn came to go in to King Xerxes, she had to complete twelve months of beauty treatments prescribed for the women, six months with oil of myrrh and six months with perfumes and cosmetics. An this is how she would go to the king.

(Proberbs 7:17) "I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon", come let's drink of love till morning"

(Song of Solomon 4:6) "Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, I will get me to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense."

(Song of Solomon 14:4) "Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with the trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices."

John, and Mark

(John 19:39) John accompanied Nicodemus the night of the crucifixion, and Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. They took Jesus' body and the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen.

(Mark 14:3) While Jesus was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head. Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, "Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year's wages and the money given to the poor.

(John 12:3) Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume, she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

Uses of Herbs During Biblical Times

As we can see herbs and spices were not only used in foods, but numerous other uses were acquired. They would use them to wrap and bury the dead in cloth like linen. They would use it in their sacrifices. Actually the cost of many spices and herbs were extravagant. It sounds as though they used it to preserve the meat that they ate, and also the meat offerings. They used it on the bread for a memorial. They also used it when they were sick and ailing. They used it as a gift, like when Jesus was born.

When the young women were prepared for spending time with King Ahasuerus, they spent 12 months bathing and preparing themselves with oil and myrrh. That is how their purification was accomplished. They would perfume their beds and their clothing. Even women of the evening would prepare their tents with spices and perfumes to lure the men to their tents.

Jesus was also annointed with oil before he was crucified.



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