Gourd in the Bible
Jonah's, believed to be a vine resembling the American squash, used in Assyria to cover huts
- Jonah 4:6-10 And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd. 7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered. 8 And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live. 9 And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death. ...
⇒Bible Encyclopedia for GOURD.
The wild gourd in this case is supposed to be a plant like the cucumber (in appearance)
- 2 Kings 4:39 And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and shred them into the pot of pottage: for they knew them not.
⇒Definition of gourd
⇒See also McClintock and Strong Cyclopedia for Gourd.