sowing

sowing

The act of scattering seeds as part of the cultivation of food grains. “Sowing” typically refers to the wholesale scattering of wheat and barley; farmers simply carried a container of seed and broadcast it with their free hand. In contrast to Western practice, the Palestinian farmer often plows after sowing, thereby working seeds into the soil for protection and germination; this practice is apparently presumed in Jesus’s parable of the sower (Matt 13:3-8). If plowing precedes sowing, livestock may be driven across a field to harrow the seed. Mosaic law contains regulations on sowing (Lev 11:37-38; Lev 19:19; Deut 22:9). Eventually, sowing attained metaphorical significance (Ps 126:6; Prov 11:18; Matt 13:3-43; 2Cor 9:6; Gal 6:7-8).

Matt 13:3-8

3And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow.4And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate th ... View more

Lev 11:37-38

37If any part of their carcass falls upon any seed set aside for sowing, it is clean;38but if water is put on the seed and any part of their carcass falls on it ... View more

Lev 19:19

19You shall keep my statutes. You shall not let your animals breed with a different kind; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed; nor shall you put ... View more

Deut 22:9

9You shall not sow your vineyard with a second kind of seed, or the whole yield will have to be forfeited, both the crop that you have sown and the yield of the ... View more

Ps 126:6

6Those who go out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
carrying their sheaves.

Prov 11:18

18The wicked earn no real gain,
but those who sow righteousness get a true reward.

Matt 13:3-43

3And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow.4And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate th ... View more

2Cor 9:6

6The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

Gal 6:7-8

7Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow.8If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to ... View more

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