418. Stone Oil Presses

Some think the reference here is to the fact that the olive-tree sometimes grows in very rocky soil; but allusion is more probably made to stone oil presses, from which the oil flowed like a river. See also Ezekiel 32:1414Then will I make their waters deep, and cause their rivers to run like oil, saith the Lord God. (Ezekiel 32:14). Moses speaks of oil being sucked “out of the flinty rock” (Deut. 32:1313He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock; (Deuteronomy 32:13)).