Fun Trivia on Trees in Bible Poetry
“Like a tree” is a phrase used often in Bible Poetry. The simile often underscores positive attributes like influence, strength and prosperity; but in a few instances, tree metaphors have the opposite connotation, since there are different types of trees offering different characteristics for comparison.
Use the quiz as an icebreaker in a young adult session, or as the introduction to a study on trees in the Bible. You may also acquire some facts for further discussion in a following session.
The quiz is in two sections. Jot down your answers and then check them at the end of each section or find them for yourself in the Scripture references.
based on the parable of the trees in the Book of Judges
The following six questions are based on The Parable of the Trees (Judges 9: 8-15 NKJV), beautifully written in poetry which makes it stand our from the rest of the chapter.
(1) The trees were inquiring among themselves which of them should be king. The first one they wanted to anoint as king was:
(a) The oak
(b) The olive
(2) When the first tree refused, they asked the fig tree. The fig tree refused because it wanted to continue being:
(3) What was the total number of trees they asked?
(4) Which of these trees was not mentioned in The Parable of the Trees?
(a) The vine
(b) The willow
(5) The tree which finally became king was:
(a) the birch
(b) the bramble
(6) The tree which accepted the royal position offered them:
Section One Answers
(1) b; (2) b; (3) a; (4) b; (5) b; (6) a.
based on trees mentioned in poetic portions of the Bible
Ten of the following questions are extracted from the Books of Job, Psalms and the Song of Solomon (also known as Song of Songs) which are mainly works of poetry. Two are from the prophetic books of Isaiah and Jeremiah which also contain large poetic portions. The answers are found verbatim in at least three versions of the Bible.
(1) The Psalmist who writes the first chapter in the Book of Psalms describes a godly man in a location near: (Psalm 1: 2-4)
(2) The Psalmist counsels believers not to get stressed over people who get by with wrong doing, even though they flourish like a tree in native soil. Such people he says are: (Psalm 37: 34-36)
(3) The Bible promises that godly or righteous people will flourish like a (1) ____ tree and grow like a (2) _____ in Lebanon. Which order of names fills the blanks correctly? (Psalm 92: 11-13)
(a) (1) Cedar (2) Palm
(b) (1) Palm (2) Cedar
(4) The Psalmist testifies that unlike the people who trust in their wealth and become destructive, he trusts in God and flourishes like this tree: (Psalm 52: 7-9)
(a) Oak Tree
(b) Olive Tree
(5) Job’s friend Eliphaz counsels him that pride in an individual, no matter how wise, can cause self-destruction in the prime of life--like a type of tree which loses its blossoms before they become fruit. What tree did he mention? (Job 15: 32-34)
(a) Oak Tree
(b) Olive Tree
(6) Job complained to Bildad, another of his friends, that because God had wronged him, one of his assets had been uprooted like a tree. The asset he referred to was: (Job 19: 9-11)
(a) His health
(b) His hope
(7) Job tells his friends that wicked people are not remembered for long. They remind him of a tree in a certain condition: (Job 24: 19-21)
(8) Job compares the life of a tree with the life of man and concludes that there is more hope for a tree than for a man, because the tree has something which a man does not have. (Job 14: 7-10)
(9) In the love story recorded in the Song of Solomon, the woman refers to her lover as an______ outstanding among all the other trees. (Song of Solomon 2: 2-4)
(a) Allspice Tree
(b) Apple Tree
(10) In the same story in the Song, the lover compares the stature of his beloved to the ______ tree. (Song of Solomon 7: 6-8)
(11) In his prediction of Zion’s restoration, Isaiah declares that the desert, or wasteland, will blossom and be comparable to the glory of ______. (Isaiah 35: 1, 2)
(12) Jeremiah pronounces a blessing on those who trust in the Lord. He declares that they are like a tree which does not fear when _____ comes. (Jeremiah 7: 7, 8)
Section Two Answers
More Facts on Trees in the Bible
- Literal and figurative trees of the Bible
Lists more than thirty different kinds of trees named in the Bible: Showing how the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil are one, and showing the association between the Name above every name and the Family-Tree.
- 48 Bible Verses about Trees
Bible verses from the Old and New Testaments which mention trees.