Bible Verses with Trees: Their Importance and Examples

I’ve been writing a lot lately about scriptures, so today, I want to continue the same theme and share with you a few bible verses with trees, their importance, and examples.

Trees are everywhere; no matter where you turn, chances are you’ll see trees.

But have you ever stopped to think about trees and their significance? Have you ever wondered if there are more to trees other than those familiar purposes, we know them for? 

What is even more thought-provoking is the mention of trees in the bible.

Think about it; the bible is the single most important book ever written detailing selected events in ancient times.

But at the same time, the bible only has 66 books which means that every word documented in the scriptures counts.

For this reason, we can conclude that trees, because they are mentioned in the bible are very important and something we shouldn’t take lightly. 

That being the case, let’s look a little deeper into these bible verses with trees and see how much we can uncover a few hidden truths about trees in the bible, or wherever they are found. 

So, without further ado, let’s see which bible verses speak about trees.

trees in the bible
Trees are important; so much so that they are mentioned over 136 times in scriptures

Bible Verses with Trees

Hosea 14:6

His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree and his smell as Lebanon.

Matthew 7:17

Even so, every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

Matthew 7:18

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

Matthew 7:19

Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire.

Matthew 12:33

Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

Mark 11:20-21

And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.”

Luke 17:6

“And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.”

John 1:48

“Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.”

Rom 11:17

And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree.”

Jam 3:12

Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

Ezekiel 15:2

Son of man, what is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest?

Ezekiel 15:6

Therefore, thus saith the Lord GOD; As the vine tree among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so will I give the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

Ezekiel 17:5

He took also of the seed of the land and planted it in a fruitful field; he placed it by great waters and set it as a willow tree.

 Ezekiel 17:24

And all the trees of the field shall know that I the LORD have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish: I the LORD have spoken and have done it.

Genesis 1:11

And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

Genesis 1:12

And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:29

And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you, it shall be for meat.

bible verses with trees

Bible Verses About the Tree of Life

Genesis 2:8-9 “The Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed.

Out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Revelation 22:1-2 “Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street.

On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Revelation 22:14-15 “Blessed are those who wash their robes so that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter by the gates into the city.

Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.

Proverbs 11:30 “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls.”

Revelation 22:2 “In the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Genesis 3:22-24 “Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken.

So, He drove the man out, and at the east of the garden of Eden, He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.

Good Trees Bible Verses

2 King 3:19 “And ye shall smite every fenced city, and every choice city, and shall fell every good tree, and stop all wells of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones.

Matthew 7:17 “Even so, every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

Matthew 7:18 “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.Luke 6:43 “For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree brings forth good fruit.

Bible verses about trees and leaves 

Genesis 3:7 “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons.”

1 King 6:34 “And the two doors were of fir tree: the two leaves of the one door were folding, and the two leaves of the other door were folding.”

Isaiah 6:13 “But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.”

Matthew 21:19 “And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward forever. And presently the fig tree withered away.”

Matthew 24:32 “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh.”

Mark 11:13 “And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find anything thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.”

Mark 13:28 “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near.”

Revelation 22:2 “In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”

Bible verses about trees (KJV)

Exodus 15:27 “And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters.”

Leviticus 19:23 “And when ye shall come into the land, and shall have planted all manner of trees for food, then ye shall count the fruit thereof as uncircumcised: three years shall it be as uncircumcised unto you: it shall not be eaten of.”

Leviticus 23:40 “And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days.”

Leviticus 26:4 “Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.”

Leviticus 26:20 “And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits.”

Numbers 24:6 “As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river’s side, as the trees of lign aloes which the LORD hath planted, and as cedar trees beside the waters.”

Numbers 33:9 “And they removed from Marah, and came unto Elim: and in Elim were twelve fountains of water, and threescore and ten palm trees, and they pitched there.”

Deuteronomy6:11 “And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells dug, which thou dug not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou planted not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full.”

Deuteronomy 8:8 “A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey.”

Deuteronomy 16:21 “Thou shalt not plant thee a grove of any trees near unto the altar of the LORD thy God, which thou shalt make thee.”

Deuteronomy 20:19 “When thou shalt besiege a city a long time, in making war against it to take it, thou shalt not destroy the trees thereof by forcing an ax against them: for thou mayest eat of them, and thou shalt not cut them down (for the tree of the field is man’s life) to employ them in the siege.”

Deuteronomy 20:20 “Only the trees which thou knowest that they are not trees for meat, thou shalt destroy and cut them down; and thou shalt build bulwarks against the city that maketh war with thee until it be subdued.”

Deuteronomy 28:40 “Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit.”

What is the significance of trees in the bible? 

Trees are historical, physically, they are vital because they give us oxygen, stabilize the soil, store carbon, and give life to the world’s wildlife.

But in the bible, trees represent stability, favor, prosperity, and growth. Trees are the true shelters on the earth, and having them is synonymous with wealth and abundance. 

What is the spiritual meaning of trees in the bible? 

If you see trees, especially green trees in your dreams it’s a sign that you’re growing and excelling at something.

For example, here what Psalm 1: 3 says “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” 

What does the bible say about Christmas trees?

Nothing, Christmas trees aren’t mentioned anywhere in the bible, it’s a phrase coin by men. 

What does the bible say about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?

And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.

The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:9).

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die (Genesis 2:16–17).

I’ll be frank with you, there’s no one I know or nowhere recorded in scriptures what the about the knowledge of good and evil is.

There are a lot of theories and speculations, but no one can validate their claims with solid proof in the scriptures. 

How many references to trees are they in the bible?

A little over 136 times according to the King James Version Bible. 

What is the first tree mentioned in the bible?

Fruit tree. Genisis 1:11 “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

Gen 1:12 “And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”

Gen 1:29 “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you, it shall be for meat.”

A final word on bible verses with trees

Trees are important, whether to God or for men; they play a vital role in our lives. Spiritually, trees represent wealth, good health, prosperity, and good fortune.

We must never downplay the role of trees, but ask God to open our eyes to their meaning every time we cross their path.