groves in the Bible
Three different Hebrew words may be translated as as “grove.”
In the earliest times groves are mentioned in connection with religious worship. The heathen consecrated groves to particular false gods, and for this reason they were forbidden to the Israelites (Jeremiah 17:3; Ezek. 20:28).
“They set for themselves sacred pillars and Asherim on every high hill and under every green tree,” —2 Kings 17:10 NASB
Hebrew: 'eshel (Genesis 21:33). In 1 Samuel 22:6 KJV and 1 Sam. 31:13 KJV, the King James Version renders this word by “tree.” In all these passages the Revised King James Version renders by “tamarisk tree.” It has been identified with the Tamariscus orientalis, five species of which are found in Israel.
The Hebrew word 'elon is uniformly rendered in the King James Version as “plain” (Genesis 13:18 KJV; Gen. 14:13 KJV; Gen. 18:1 KJV; Gen. 12:6 KJV; Deuteronomy 11:30 KJV).
However the proper translation signifies a natural grove of trees or a plantation. The New American Standard Bible and the Revised King James Version translate the above verses as oaks (Genesis 13:18 NASB; Gen. 14:13 NASB; Gen. 18:1 NASB; Gen. 12:6 NASB; Deuteronomy 11:30 NASB; Joshua 19:33 NASB).
The New King James version calls it “terebinth trees” (Genesis 13:18 NKJV; Gen. 14:13 NKJV; Gen. 18:1 NKJV; Gen. 12:6 NKJV; Deuteronomy 11:30 NKJV; Joshua 19:33 NKJV).
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