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This word occurs frequently, and is the translation of several different terms.
Micah 7:4, it denotes a species of thorn shrub used for hedges
In Proverbs 15:19 the word is rendered “thorn” (Hebrew: hedek, “stinging”), supposed by some to be what is called the “apple of Sodom” (q.v.).
Ezek. 28:24, sallon', properly a “prickle,” such as is found on the shoots of the palm tree
Isaiah 55:13, probably simply a thorny bush
Some, following the Vulgate Version, regard it as the “nettle.”
Isaiah 5:6; 7:23-25, etc., frequently used to denote thorny shrubs in general
In 10:17; 27:4, it means troublesome men.
In Hebrews 6:8 the Greek word (tribolos) so rendered means “three-pronged,” and denotes the land caltrop, a low throny shrub resembling in its spikes the military “crow-foot.” Compare Matthew 7:16, “thistle.”