Honey: Taste and SEE

1 Samuel 14:27-29But Jonathan had not heard when his father put the people under oath; therefore, he put out the end of the staff that was in his hand and dipped it in the honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth, and his eyes brightened. 28 Then one of the people said, “Your father strictly put the people under oath, saying, ‘Cursed be the man who eats food today.’” And the people were weary. 29 Then Jonathan said, “My father has troubled the land. See now, how my eyes have brightened because I tasted a little of this honey.

What does the honey represent in this passage?

  • What is sweet and brightens the eyes?
    Psalm 19:7-10 … The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether. 10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.

    • From NetBible 1 Sam 14:27,29; Ps 19:7-10
      • brighten/enlighten[0215] = shine, to be illuminated, revive
    • Psalm 34:8-10Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! 9 Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. 10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing .
      From NetBible 1 Sam 14:29;Ps 34:8

      • see[07200] = inspect, perceive, consider
      • taste[02938] = eat, perceive(figuratively)
    • Proverbs 24:13My child, eat honey because it is good, And the honeycomb which is sweet to your taste
      From NetBible Prv 24:13

    • Psalm 119:103 … How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth!
      From NetBible Ps 119:103


Psalm 119:130The unfolding of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.
From NetBible Ps 119:130

  • light[0215] = shine, to be illuminated, revive
  • simple[06612] = untrained, inexperienced
  • *simple = that is, the one who is young and still in the process of learning right from wrong and distinguishing wisdom from folly. See Ps 19:7.

===> Honey represents God’s word which is good ,
Sweet to the taste and
Enlightening the eyes distinguishing wisdom from folly!

===> After Jonathan tasted a little honey,
He saw the folly Saul’s oath. -1 Sam 14:24-32

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One Response to “Honey: Taste and SEE”

  1. khollandsblog Says:

    Samson’s Riddle asks a similar question!
    ==> What is sweeter than honey?

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