He will be like a vine stripped of its unripe grapes, like an olive tree shedding its blossoms.
"He will drop off his unripe grape like the vine, And will cast off his flower like the olive tree.
They will be like a vine whose grapes are harvested before they are ripe, like an olive tree that sheds its blossoms so the fruit cannot form.
They'll be like fruit frost-killed before it ripens, like buds sheared off before they bloom.
He is like a vine whose grapes do not come to full growth, or an olive-tree dropping its flowers.
They will shake off their unripe grape, like the vine, and cast off their blossoms, like the olive tree.
He will shake off his unripe grape like a vine, And cast off his blossom like an olive tree.
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1 tn The verb means “to treat violently” or “to wrong.” It indicates that the vine did not nourish the grapes well enough for them to grow, and so they dry up and drop off.
2 sn The point is that like the tree the wicked man shows signs of life but produces nothing valuable. The olive tree will have blossoms in the years that it produces no olives, and so eventually drops the blossoms.