Our guide was a lovely Jewish lady of Persian origin, with the beautiful name of Miryam. Our first stop was at a pomegranate tree – RIMMON in Hebrew. The next was an almond tree. The almond is called SHAKED in Hebrew. Miryam explained that Ben Yehuda used to invent nouns from verb roots. In the case of shaked, the root was SKD (shin – kuf – dalet), and it means the hard-working tree. Jer 1:11 speaks of the wakeful or watchful tree.
11 The word of Yahweh came to me, asking, 'Jeremiah, what do you see?' I answered, 'I see a branch of the Watchful Tree.'