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Vine, The


1. Often found wild. 2Ki 4:39; Ho 9:10.

2. Cultivated

a. In vineyards from the time of Noah. Ge 9:20.

b. On the sides of hills. Jer 31:5.

c. In the valleys. Song 6:11.

d. By the walls of houses. Ps 128:3.

3. Required to be dressed and pruned to increase its fruitfulness. Le 25:3; 2Ch 26:10; Isa 18:5.

4. Canaan abounded in. De 6:11; 8:8.

5. Places celebrated for

a. Eshcol. Nu 13:23,24.

b. Sibmah. Isa 16:8,9.

c. Lebanon. Ho 14:7.

d. Egypt. Ps 78:47; 80:8.

6. The dwarf and spreading vine particularly esteemed. Eze 17:6.

7. Of Sodom bad and unfit for use. De 32:32.

8. Often degenerated. Isa 5:2; Jer 2:21.

9. Frequently injured by hail and frost. Ps 78:47; 105:32,33.

10. Foxes destructive to. Song 2:15.

11. The wild boar destructive to. Ps 80:13.

12. The fruit of

a. Called grapes. Ge 40:10.

b. Peculiarly sour when unripe. Jer 31:30.

c. Eaten fresh from the tree. De 23:24.

d. Eaten dried. 1Sa 25:18; 30:12.

e. Sold in the markets. Ne 13:15.

f. Made into wine. De 32:14; Mt 26:29.

13. The wood of, fit only for burning. Eze 15:2-5.

14. Young cattle fed on its leaves and tender shoots. Ge 49:11.

15. Probably produced two crops of fruit in the year. Nu 13:20.

16. Perfumed the air with the fragrance of its flowers. Song 2:13; Ho 14:7.

17. God made, fruitful for his people when obedient. Joe 2:22; Zec 8:12.

18. Frequently made unfruitful as a punishment. Jer 8:13; Ho 2:12; Joe 1:7,12; Hag 2:19.

19. Sometimes cast its fruit before it came to perfection. Job 15:33; Mal 3:11.

20. Nazarites prohibited eating any part of. Nu 6:3,4.

21. Illustrative

a. Of Christ. Joh 15:1,2.

b. Of Israel. Ps 80:8; Isa 5:2,7.

c. (Its fruitful branches,) of saints. Joh 15:5.

d. (Of unfruitful branches,) of mere professors. Joh 15:2,6.

e. (Its quick growth,) of the growth of saints in grace. Ho 14:7.

f. (Its rich clusters,) of the graces of the church. Song 7:8.

g. (Pruning of,) of God’s purifying his people by afflictions. Joh 15:2.

h. (Worthlessness of its wood,) of the unprofitableness, of the wicked. Eze 15:6,7.

i. (Unfruitful,) of the wicked. Ho 10:1.

j. (Sitting under one’s own) of peace and prosperity. 1Ki 4:25; Mic 4:4; Zec 3:10.

22. Proverbial allusion to fathers eating the unripe fruit of. Jer 31:29,30; Eze 18:2.