Cedars of God

“The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.” (Psalm 104:16 NRSV)

It was once said that a battle occurred between the demigods and the humans over the beautiful and divine forest of Cedar trees near southern Mesopotamia. This forest, once protected by the god “Enlil”, was completely bared of its trees when humans entered its grounds 4,700 years ago, after winning the battle against the guardians of the forest, the demigods. The story that tells that Gilgamesh used cedar wood to build his city.

Lebanese Cedar

The mountains of Lebanon were once shaded by thick cedar forests and the tree is the symbol of the country that takes place in the middle of the Lebanese flag. They are called the cedars of God since the cedar tree is a long living plant, so that Lebanese people say that God himself planted those trees since ever with his own hands, and they are still there on the mountain peaks of Lebanon till our current day. In 1998, the Cedars of God in Lebanon were added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. It is also important to say that the cedar plant is strongly rooted to the Lebanese culture since the ancient times and untill now

Cedar of Lebanon

The Lebanese Cedars, in the Cedar Forest of Mesopotamian mythology, are in several sections of the Epic of Gilgamesh.

The Lebanese Cedar is frequently mentioned in the Bible. Example verses include:

“Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars. Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down.” (Zechariah 11:1, 2)
“He moves his tail like a cedar; The sinews of his thighs are tightly knit.” (Job 40:17)
“The priest shall take cedarwood and hyssop and scarlet stuff, and cast them into the midst of the burning of the heifer” (Numbers 19:6)
“The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon” (Psalm 29:5)
“The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar in Lebanon” (Psalm 92:12)
“I will put in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive” (Isaiah 41: 19)
“Behold, I will liken you to a cedar in Lebanon, with fair branches and forest shade” (Ezekiel 31:3)
“I destroyed the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars” (Amos 2:9)
“The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.” (Psalm 104:16 NRSV)
[King Solomon made] cedar as plentiful as the sycamore-fig trees in the foothills. (1 Kings 10:27, NIV, excerpt)

Lebanese flag with cedar plant in middle

Lebanese flag with cedar plant in middle

Lebanese coin with cedar plant in middle

Lebanese coin with cedar plant in middle

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