International Standard Bible EncyclopediaRUE
roo (peganon): One of the plants mentioned in Luke 11:42 as subject to tithe: in the parallel passage, Matthew 23:23, anise and cummin are mentioned. Ruta graveolens (Natural Order, Rutaceae) is the official rue, and a very similar species, R. chalepensis, is indigenous. Rue is a small shrub growing 2 to 4 ft. high with a heavy odor, disagreeable to Westerners, but a favorite with Orientals. A sprig of rue is often fixed on a child's cap or clothes as a kind of charm.
Easton's Bible Dictionary
A garden herb (Ruta graveolens) which the Pharisees were careful to tithe (Luke 11:42
), neglecting weightier matters. It is omitted in the parallel passage of Matthew 23:23
. There are several species growing wild in Palestine. It is used for medicinal and culinary purposes. It has a powerful scent, and is a stimulant. (see MINT
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (v. t.
) To lament; to regret extremely; to grieve over; as to rue the day....
2. (n.) A perennial suffrutescent plant (Ruta graveolens), having a strong, heavy odor and a bitter taste; herb of grace. It is used in medicine.
3. (n.) Fig.: Bitterness; disappointment; grief; regret.
4. (v. t.) To cause to grieve; to afflict.
5. (v. t.) To repent of, and withdraw from, as a bargain; to get released from.
6. (v. i.) To have compassion.
7. (v. i.) To feel sorrow and regret; to repent.
8. (v. t.) Sorrow; repentance.
Strong's Hebrew5162. nacham -- to be sorry, console oneself...
root; properly, to sigh, ie Breathe strongly; by implication, to be sorry, ie (in
a favorable sense) to pity, console or (reflexively) rue
; or (unfavorably) to ... /hebrew/5162.htm - 6k