Easton's Bible Dictionary: M. G. Easton, M.A., D.D.


A word as used in Scripture denoting produce in general, whether vegetable or animal. The Hebrews divided the fruits of the land into three classes:,

  1. The fruit of the field, "corn-fruit" (Heb. dagan); all kinds of grain and pulse.
  2. The fruit of the vine, "vintage-fruit" (Heb. tirosh); grapes, whether moist or dried.
  3. "Orchard-fruits" (Heb. yitshar), as dates, figs, citrons, etc.

Injunctions concerning offerings and tithes were expressed by these Hebrew terms alone (Num. 18:12; Dt. 14:23). This word "fruit" is also used of children or offspring (Gen. 30:2; Dt. 7:13; Lk. 1:42; Ps. 21:10, 132:11); also of the progeny of beasts (Dt. 28:51; Isa. 14:29).

It is used metaphorically in a variety of forms (Ps. 104:13; Pr. 1:31, 11:30, 31:16; Isa. 3:10, 10:12; Mt. 3:8, 21:41, 26:29; Heb. 13:15; Rom. 7:4,5, 15:28).

The fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22,23; Eph. 5:9; Jas. 3:17,18) are those gracious dispositions and habits which the Spirit produces in those in whom he dwells and works.

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