Psalms 92:13
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13  The righteous bloom like a date-palm; they thrive like a cedar in Lebanon;

tza-DEEK ka-ta-MAR yif-RAKH k’-E-rez ba-l’-va-NON yis-GEH

יג  צַדִּיק כַּתָּמָר יִפְרָח כְּאֶרֶז בַּלְּבָנוֹן יִשְׂגֶּה׃

 92:13   The righteous bloom like a date-palm

In this verse, King David compares a righteous person to a ‘date palm’ tree, known in Hebrew as tamar (תמר). Just as the date palm produces numerous fruits, the deeds of a righteous person bear fruit. In addition, he enjoys a fruitful reward for his actions in both this world and the next. Honey from the fruit of the date palm is one of the seven species that the Torah lists as the special agricultural products of the Land of Israel (Deuteronomy 8:8). The date palm also has the added distinction of being one of the four species taken on the holiday of Sukkot. Furthermore, since date palms stand tall and straight with fronds of leaves that wave in the wind, the majestic tree was depicted on coins minted by the Maccabees, and has always been considered a symbol of victory and strength.

Date palm plantation in the Negev

Fruit of the date-palm tree.


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  • 92:13 The righteous shall flourish like the palm-tree

    In this passage we learn just what this writer means. We are told that King David compares the righteous person to the tall palm tree. As he states the pal tree is known for producing various fruits so does the righteous person in God. This person will bare his reward in this world and most important in the next. In addition we have also learned that the date palm is one of the four kinds of fruit taken on the holiday of ‘Sukkot’.

    Since palms are tall and the leaves wave in the breeze the appear tall and majestic in there wave and magistracy. They in there way donate royalty. That was why they were taken as a symbol on the money by the Maccabees ,and has always been considered a symbol of victory and strength.


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