This word occurs frequently, and is the translation of several different terms. Micah 7:4 , it denotes a species of thorn shrub used for hedges. In Proverbs 15:19 the word is rendered "thorn" (Heb. hedek , "stinging"), supposed by some to be what is called the "apple of Sodom" (q.v.).
Ezekiel 28:24 , sallon' , properly a "prickle," such as is found on the shoots of the palm tree.
Isaiah 55:13 , probably simply a thorny bush. Some, following the Vulgate Version, regard it as the "nettle."
Isaiah 5:6 ; 7:23-25 , etc., frequently used to denote thorny shrubs in general. In 10:17 ; 27:4 , it means troublesome men.
In Hebrews 6:8 the Greek word (tribolos) so rendered means "three-pronged," and denotes the land caltrop, a low throny shrub resembling in its spikes the military "crow-foot." Compare Matthew 7:16 , "thistle."
These dictionary topics are from
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.
[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Brier". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .