The word oil, it appears, was derived from the latin word for olive. The oil of the olive was a major financial component of the ancient world. Olive trees were valuable, especially when they bore much fruit. Today olives are still a big component of the Mediterranean agricultural economy. Many of the best olives in the world come from the coasts of The Great Sea.
Today oil wells generate a lot of revenue. In the USA there have historically been a lot of small oil companies running local wells. When the psalmist says that they are an olive tree, I think the parallel would be a strong oil well that produces good oil and a strong income.
For the director of music. A maskil[b] of David. When Doeg the Edomite had gone to Saul and told him: “David has gone to the house of Ahimelek.”
1 Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero?
Why do you boast all day long,
you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?
2 You who practice deceit,
your tongue plots destruction;
it is like a sharpened razor.
3 You love evil rather than good,
falsehood rather than speaking the truth.[c]
4 You love every harmful word,
you deceitful tongue!
5 Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:
He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent;
he will uproot you from the land of the living.
6 The righteous will see and fear;
they will laugh at you, saying,
7 “Here now is the man
who did not make God his stronghold
but trusted in his great wealth
and grew strong by destroying others!”
8 But I am like an olive tree
flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
for ever and ever.
9 For what you have done I will always praise you
in the presence of your faithful people.
And I will hope in your name,
for your name is good.
- What is the young hero boasting about?
- What kind of strength does the foolish man trust in?
- Accoring to the entry above, how might we understand olive trees?
- How would you describe your finances?
- How do people use their wealth as a source of power?