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Citrus Tree Wood (Revelation 18.11-12)

"The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes anymore — cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth, every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble." (Revelation 18.11-12)✞

Citron

Citrus tree woodThe most interesting of the woods mentioned in Revelation is "every sort of citron wood" or "costly wood." The citron tree grows into a large fragrant fruit tree. The lemony fruit comes with a thick rind. In Latin, it was called "citrus medica." Coming from North Africa, from the Atlas region, it was sweet-smelling and beautifully grained. It was prized especially for table tops. But since the citrus tree is seldom very large, wood large enough to make table tops was very scarce. Tables made of this wood could cost anything from $8,000 to $30,000. Seneca the Elder (BC 54-c39 AD), Nero's prime minister, was said to have three hundred such tables with marble legs. Citron was also used from ancient to medieval times for medical purposes, to combat sea sickness, breathing problems, intestine treatments, scurvy and other ailments. Citron juice mixed with wine was thought to have been an effective antidote to poison. In Leviticus 23.40, we read, "On the first day you are to take branches from luxuriant trees — from palms, willows and other leafy trees — and rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days." Thus the "fruit of the tree 'hadar'" or the "citron tree" was required for ritual use by Jews during the Feast of Tabernacles.

"Citrus Tree Wood"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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