|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
Very few species of flowers are mentioned in the Bible although they abounded in Palestine. It has been calculated that in Western Syria and Palestine from two thousand to two thousand five hundred plants are found, of which about five hundred probably are British wild-flowers. Their beauty is often alluded to (Cant. 2:12; Matthew 6:28). They are referred to as affording an emblem of the transitory nature of human life (Job 14:2; Psalm 103:15; Isaiah 28:1; 40:6; James 1:10). Gardens containing flowers and fragrant herbs are spoken of (Cant. 4:16; 6:2).
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
flou'-erz (BLOOM, BLOSSOM, etc.):
(1) gibh`ol, literally, "a small cup," hence, calyx or corolla of a flower (Exodus 9:31, "The flax was in bloom").
(2) nets (Genesis 40:10, nitstsah, "a flower" or "blossom"; Job 15:33 Isaiah 18:5). These words are used of the early berries of the vine or olive.
(3) nitstsan, "a flower"; plural only, nitstsanim (Songs 2:12, "The flowers appear on the earth").
(4) perach, root to "burst forth" expresses an early stage of flowering; "blossom" (Isaiah 5:24; Isaiah 18:5); "flower" (Nahum 1:4, "The flower of Lebanon languisheth"). Used of artificial flowers in candlesticks (Exodus 25:31).
(5) tsits, "flower" (Isaiah 40:6); plural tsitstsim, flowers as architectural ornaments (1 Kings 6:18); tsitsah, "the fading flower of his glorious beauty" (Isaiah 28:1, 4; also Numbers 17:8 Job 14:2, etc.).
(6) anthos, in Septuagint equivalent of all the Hebrew words (James 1:10, 11 1 Peter 1:24).
The beauty of the profusion of flowers which cover Palestine every spring receives but scant reference in the Old Testament; Songs 2:12 is perhaps the only clear reference. It is noticeable that the native of Syria thinks little of flowers unless it be for their perfume. our Lord's reference to the flowers ("lilies") is well known (Matthew 6:28 Luke 12:27). For details of the flowers of modern Palestine, see BOTANY. The aptness of the expression "flower of the field" for a type of the evanescence of human life (Job 14:2 Psalm 103:15 Isaiah 40:6 James 1:10) is the more impressive in a land like Palestine where the annual display of wild flowers, so glorious for a few short weeks, is followed by such desolation. The fresh and brilliant colors fade into masses of withered leaves (not uncommonly cleared by burning), and then even these are blown, away, so that but bare, cracked and baked earth remains for long months where once all was beauty, color and life.
Flowers (42 Occurrences)
Matthew 6:28 And why are you troubled about clothing? See the flowers of the field, how they come up; they do no work, they make no thread: (BBE)
Luke 12:27 Give thought to the flowers: they do no work, they make no thread; and still I say to you, Even Solomon, in all his glory, was not clothed like one of these. (BBE)
Acts 14:13 And the priest of the image of Jupiter, which was before the town, took oxen and flowers to the doors of the town, and was about to make an offering with the people. (BBE)
James 1:10 but a rich man should rejoice in being brought low, for like flowers among the herbage rich men will pass away. (WEY)
James 1:11 The sun rises with his scorching heat and dries up the herbage, so that its flowers drop off and the beauty of its appearance perishes, and in the same way rich men with all their prosperity will fade away. (WEY)
1 Peter 1:24 "All mankind resemble the herbage, and all their beauty is like its flowers. The herbage dries up, and its flowers drop off; (WEY NIV)
Genesis 40:10 And on the vine were three branches; and it seemed as if it put out buds and flowers, and from them came grapes ready for cutting. (BBE)
Exodus 9:31 And the flax and the barley have been smitten, for the barley 'is' budding, and the flax forming flowers, (YLT)
Exodus 25:31 "You shall make a lampstand of pure gold. Of hammered work shall the lampstand be made, even its base, its shaft, its cups, its buds, and its flowers, shall be of one piece with it. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Exodus 25:33 Every branch having three cups made like almond flowers, every cup with a bud and a flower, on all the branches. (BBE NIV)
Exodus 25:34 and in the lampstand four cups made like almond blossoms, its buds and its flowers; (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Exodus 37:17 He made the lampstand of pure gold. He made the lampstand of beaten work. Its base, its shaft, its cups, its buds, and its flowers were of one piece with it. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Exodus 37:19 Every branch having three cups made like almond flowers, every cup with a bud and a flower on all the branches; (BBE NIV)
Exodus 37:20 In the lampstand were four cups made like almond blossoms, its buds and its flowers; (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Leviticus 15:24 And if any man lie with her at all, and her flowers be upon him, he shall be unclean seven days; and all the bed whereon he lieth shall be unclean. (KJV WBS)
Leviticus 15:33 And of her that is sick of her flowers, and of him that hath an issue, of the man, and of the woman, and of him that lieth with her that is unclean. (KJV WBS)
Numbers 8:4 This was the workmanship of the lampstand, beaten work of gold. From its base to its flowers, it was beaten work: according to the pattern which Yahweh had shown Moses, so he made the lampstand. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS NAS RSV)
Numbers 17:8 Now on the day after, Moses went into the Tent of witness; and he saw that Aaron's rod, the rod of the house of Levi, had put out buds, and was covered with buds and flowers and fruit. (BBE)
1 Kings 6:18 There was cedar on the house within, carved with buds and open flowers: all was cedar; there was no stone seen. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
1 Kings 6:29 He carved all the walls of the house around with carved figures of cherubim and palm trees and open flowers, inside and outside. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
1 Kings 6:32 So he made two doors of olive wood; and he carved on them carvings of cherubim and palm trees and open flowers, and overlaid them with gold; and he spread the gold on the cherubim, and on the palm trees. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
1 Kings 6:35 He carved thereon cherubim and palm trees and open flowers; and he overlaid them with gold fitted on the engraved work. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
1 Kings 7:19 The crowns on the tops of the pillars were ornamented with a design of flowers, and were four cubits across. (BBE)
1 Kings 7:22 The tops of the pillars had a design of flowers; and the work of making the pillars was complete. (BBE)
1 Kings 7:26 And it was an hand breadth thick, and the brim thereof was wrought like the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies: it contained two thousand baths. (KJV WBS YLT)
1 Kings 7:49 and the lampstands, five on the right side, and five on the left, before the oracle, of pure gold; and the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, of gold; (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
2 Chronicles 4:3 And under it was a design of flowers all round it, ten to a cubit, circling the water-vessel in two lines; they were made from liquid metal at the same time as the water-vessel. (BBE)
2 Chronicles 4:5 And the thickness of it was an handbreadth, and the brim of it like the work of the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies; and it received and held three thousand baths. (KJV WBS)
2 Chronicles 4:21 and the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, of gold, and that perfect gold; (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Job 15:33 He is like a vine whose grapes do not come to full growth, or an olive-tree dropping its flowers. (BBE)
Song of Songs 2:12 The flowers appear on the earth. The time of the singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Song of Songs 2:16 My loved one is mine, and I am his: he takes his food among the flowers. (BBE)
Song of Songs 5:13 His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh. (KJV WBS)
Isaiah 5:24 Therefore, as a tongue of fire devoureth stubble, And flaming hay falleth, Their root is as muck, And their flower as dust goeth up. Because they have rejected the law of Jehovah of Hosts, And the saying of the Holy One of Israel despised. (See NIV)
Isaiah 27:6 In days to come Jacob will take root: Israel will put out buds and flowers; and the face of the world will be full of fruit. (BBE)
Isaiah 35:1 The waste land and the dry places will be glad; the lowland will have joy and be full of flowers. (BBE)
Isaiah 40:6 Hark! one saith: 'Proclaim!' And he saith: 'What shall I proclaim?' 'All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field; (See NIV)
Isaiah 40:7 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth; because the breath of the LORD bloweth upon it--surely the people is grass. (See NIV)
Isaiah 40:8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth; but the word of our God shall stand for ever.' (See NIV)
Hosea 14:5 I will be as the dew to Israel; he will put out flowers like a lily, and send out his roots like Lebanon. (BBE)
Hosea 14:7 They will come back and have rest in his shade; their life will be made new like the grain, and they will put out flowers like the vine; his name will be like the wine of Lebanon. (BBE)
Habakkuk 3:17 For though the fig-tree has no flowers, and there is no fruit on the vine, and work on the olive comes to nothing, and the fields give no food; and the flock is cut off from its resting-place, and there is no herd in the cattle-house: (BBE)