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Baca

BACA (bā'ka, Heb. bākhā, a balsam tree). KJV, RSV, and NIV in Ps.84.6 all have “the Valley of Baca” (asv “the Valley of Weeping” but with a marginal variant “the valley of the balsam trees”). The tree was called a weeper probably because it exuded tears of gum. There is no trace of a real tree with this name. The phrase refers figuratively to an experience of sorrow turned into joy.