The prophets and psalmists describe man’s days as grass, i.e.
Grass also is used Biblically to describe plants as a whole. Our Lord says: “If God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you” (
It is wondered whether the Sorghum grass, Sorghum vulgare, was used by the hundreds of thousands of Israelites on the first morning of the Passover. It would have been difficult to obtain so much Hyssop (q.v.), but Sorghum grass was abundant, and was used in those days to make brushes.
The millet (
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
(3) chashash, probably "dry" or "cut grass"; compare Arabic chashesh, "dry fodder" or "cut grass" (
(4) leqesh, from root meaning "to come late," hence used in
(5) yereq, literally, "green thing" (
(6) `esebh (
There are 243 species of true grasses (Natural Order, Gramineae) in Palestine, but Hebrew, like modern Arabic, does not discriminate between these and other herbs which together make up herbage. Actual turf is practically unknown in Palestine, and grass seed is not artificially sown; young green barley is used in the neighborhood of towns as fresh fodder for horses and cattle. It is not the native custom to cut herbage for hay, though the writer has seen many carloads of sweet-smelling hay being carried from the land by Circassian settlers, East of the Jordan.
The "grass upon the house tops" (
Dew, rain or showers upon the grass are mentioned (