|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
This word occurs frequently, and is the translation of several different terms.
(1.) Micah 7:4, it denotes a species of thorn shrub used for hedges. In Proverbs 15:19 the word is rendered "thorn" (Hebrews hedek, "stinging"), supposed by some to be what is called the "apple of Sodom" (q.v.).
(2.) Ezek. 28:24, sallon', properly a "prickle," such as is found on the shoots of the palm tree.
(3.) Isaiah 55:13, probably simply a thorny bush. Some, following the Vulgate Version, regard it as the "nettle."
(4.) IsaiahIsaiah 5:6; Isaiah 7:23-25, etc., frequently used to denote thorny shrubs in general. In 10:17; 27:4, it means troublesome men.
(5.) 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." Comp. Matthew 7:16, "thistle."
Noah Webster's Dictionary
(n.) Alt. of Briar.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
Brier (10 Occurrences)
Isaiah 5:6 I will lay it a wasteland. It won't be pruned nor hoed, but it will grow briers and thorns. I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain on it." (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT RSV NIV)
Isaiah 7:24 People will go there with arrows and with bow, because all the land will be briers and thorns. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT RSV NIV)
Isaiah 7:25 All the hills that were cultivated with the hoe, you shall not come there for fear of briers and thorns; but it shall be for the sending forth of oxen, and for the treading of sheep." (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT RSV NIV)
Isaiah 9:18 For wickedness burns like a fire. It devours the briers and thorns; yes, it kindles in the thickets of the forest, and they roll upward in a column of smoke. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT RSV NIV)
Isaiah 10:17 The light of Israel will be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame; and it will burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT RSV NIV)
Isaiah 27:4 Wrath is not in me, but if I should find briers and thorns, I would do battle! I would march on them and I would burn them together. (Root in WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT RSV NIV)
Isaiah 32:13 Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; yea, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city: (Root in KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT RSV NIV)
Isaiah 55:13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree; and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to Yahweh for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off." (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT RSV NIV)
Ezekiel 28:24 There shall be no more a pricking brier to the house of Israel, nor a hurting thorn of any that are around them, that did despite to them; and they shall know that I am the Lord Yahweh. (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Micah 7:4 The best of them is like a brier. The most upright is worse than a thorn hedge. The day of your watchmen, even your visitation, has come; now is the time of their confusion. (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT RSV NIV)