Anethum sowa Kurz; Peucedanum graveolens L.; Peucedanum sowa Kurz. Notes (Dill):
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
Matthew 23:23-24 (KJV)
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law, justice and mercy and faith; these you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel.
Matthew 23:23-24 (RSV)
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you give the tenth of the mint and the dill and the cumin, but you have disregarded the weightier matters of the Law, namely justice and mercy and faithfulness, These things it was binding to do, yet not to disregard the other things. Blind guides, who strain out the gnat but gulp down the camel
Matthew 23:23-24 (NWT)
Although some scholars think this "biblical anise," only in the KJV, might be Pimpinella, (ZOH) Zohary argues that it is unlikely that Pimpinella "has ever been grown in the biblical countries." Dill is more characteristically a plant of oriental cultivation than anise. In postbiblical literature, dill is named shiveth, which is identical to the arabic sabth (ZOH). Dill was grown by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Lebanese have a legend that Abraham taught his people about dill when he came from the north. The Talmud records that its seeds, stems, and leaves were subject to tithe. The essential oil has shown inhibitory effects on various organisms, such as Bacillus anthracis.
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