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Thursday, June 18 2015
Song Of Solomon 8: Solomon's Apple Tree
"Keep My Commandments, and live; and my Law as the apple of thine eye"
The "apple of the eye" is an Old English term that originated from a more-ancient Anglo-Saxon expression that referred to the pupil of the eye - the clear center part where light, and therefore sight, enters. It generally meant how something or someone was viewed as precious.
In the Holy Bible, "apple of the eye" is used by the King James Version for two different Hebrew words; one meant a reflection, while the other meant a daughter.
The Hebrew word pronounced ee-shone, means little man of the eye, referring specifically to the reflection of someone seen in a pupil. The word is used twice, once for The Lord's watchful observance of His people (see The LORD God Our Saviour), and the other for what makes His people, His people - that they keep obedience to Him as the apple of their eye (see The Christian Ten Commandments and When Did The Ten Commandments Begin?):
"32:9 For the LORD'S portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance. 32:10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye." (Deuteronomy 32:9-10 KJV)
The Hebrew word (pronounced) bawth, meaning a daughter (e.g. the mother of King Solomon was named Bathsheba, which means daughter of Sheba; see David And Bathsheba and What Prophecy Did King Lemuel's Mother Teach Him?) is translated as "apple of the eye." It also was a conditional term, as contrasted in the example below from Psalms, and then from Lamentations:
"17:5 Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not. 17:6 I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech. 17:7 Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them. 17:8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings" (Psalm 17:5-8 KJV)
The "apple" in "Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth that bare thee" (verse 5 below) is the Hebrew word, pronounced tap-poo-awkh, that does mean an actual apple. The context of the usage however is nevertheless that of an "apple of the eye" view.
"8:1 O that thou wert as my brother, that sucked the breasts of my mother! when I should find thee without, I would kiss thee; yea, I should not be despised. 8:2 I would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother's house, who would instruct me: I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine of the juice of my pomegranate. 8:3 His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me. 8:4 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, until he please.
Fact Finder: While a man-made tradition identifies apples as the "forbidden fruit" in the Garden of Eden, apples are not stated by the Holy Scriptures in the Garden of Eden. Only one kind of tree in the Garden is identified. What is it?
This Day In History, June 18
618: Li Yuan was proclaimed Emperor Gaozu of Tang, beginning three centuries of the Tang Dynasty in China (see also Gog and Magog).
1053: The Battle of Civitate. 3,000 cavalry of Norman Count Humphrey routed the forces of Pope Leo IX.
1155: Frederick I Barbarossa (known as "Red Beard"), a Hohenstaufen, was crowned "Holy Roman Emperor" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) by Pope Adrian IV.
1178: Five Canterbury monks reported seeing an explosion on the moon, the only such observation known. It is believed to have been the result of a collision with a piece of space rock that formed another of the moon's many impact craters (see also The Blood Moon Prophecy).
1264: The Parliament of Ireland met at Castledermot in County Kildare, the first known session of the Irish legislature.
1633: Charles I was crowned King of Scots at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh (see also 1 Kings 16: The Election Of Kings).
1667: The Dutch fleet sailed up the Thames and threatened London.
1757: During the Seven Years' War, the Battle of Kolín was fought between Prussian forces under Frederick the Great and an Austrian army under Field Marshal Count Leopold Joseph von Daun.
1767: Samuel Wallis, an English explorer who sailed around the world, sighted Tahiti. He and his crew are considered to be the first Europeans to encounter the island.
1784: King George III authorized the division of Nova Scotia (which means New Scotland), establishing the new section as New Brunswick.
1812: U.S. President James Madison signed a declaration of war that began the War of 1812 (1812-1814) against Britain, with the primary publicly-stated objective of annexing Canada and subjecting its people to U.S. military occupation and rule, with the proclamation "surrender or be annihilated" (as an independent nation, the U.S. very quickly became what it claims to have been founded against). At the end of the war, Canada was still Canada, and the borders remained unmoved. It was the last invasion of Canada by any nation.
1815: Napoleon Bonaparte's attempt to regain control of France ended when he was defeated at The Battle of Waterloo in Belgium by British and Prussian forces. After escaping from exile in Elba, Napoleon marched north through France for 100 days, gathering men and arms. The Duke of Wellington met him with a mixed allied army in a day-long battle. Napoleon's army suffered massive casualties, losing 40,000 of its 72,000 men.
1953: Egypt was proclaimed a republic.
1975: Prince Faisal Ibn Musaed was publicly beheaded for the murder of his uncle, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia.
1981: A disease that was later to be known as AIDS, was identified by researchers in San Francisco, California.
1983: Sally Ride became the first U.S. woman in space - 20 years after the first woman in space, Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova.
"3:27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it." (Proverbs 3:27 KJV)
1996 Ted Kaczynski was indicted on charges of being the terrorist "Unabomber" in the U.S. His bombs killed 3 people and injured 23.