Hosea 14:7 (NKJV)

7 Those who dwell under his shadow shall return;
They shall be revived like grain,
And grow like a vine.
Their scent shall be like the wine of Lebanon.

  1. What is the wine of Lebanon?
  2. Why was this wine unique?
  3. What does it mean to have the scent of the wine of Lebanon?
  • Several verses speak of the 'cedars of Lebanon', such as Judg. 9:15 and 1Kin. 4:33. Perhaps the 'wine' is the sap, which smells of cedar. Psa. 104:16 - "The trees of the LORD are full [of sap]; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted." – tblue Dec 16 '17 at 21:48
  • @tblue. what makes you think that "wine" does not mean "wine"? – fdb Dec 17 '17 at 0:09
  • @fdb It could - just that I most often read Lebanon with cedars. Did quick study: Out of 66 vv. with Lebanon in them, 20 also mention cedars; 11 wildwoods and other trees/foilage; 1 snow (Jer. 18:14); 1 water and trees (Ezek 31:15); 1 well of waters (SSol. 4:15); 1 waters (Ezek. 3:16). Hosea is only wine reference. For me, if wine here isn't a metaphor, it still isn't 'grape wine' that is meant. – tblue Dec 17 '17 at 3:53
  • @tblue I wish I was a Jew living in ancient Israel. There is so much about scripture in terms of usage and context that has been lost. This verse proves it. – user20490 Dec 18 '17 at 9:42

Lebanon is a hilly country with a warm climate and was famous in the ancient world for its wine. It is still a major wine-producer today. Is there any reason to suspect that the verse means anything other than what it says?


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