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Holman Bible Dictionary

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Fruit trees
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Food; fruit etc
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Greek - unfruitful, without fruit
Greek - whose fruit withereth
Greek - fruit
Greek - fruit, fruitful, fruits
Greek - be fruitful, bear fruit, bring forth fruit, bearing fruit, bears fruit
Greek - fruit
Greek - bring fruit to perfection
Hebrew - fruit
Hebrew - fruit stalks
Hebrew - fruit
Hebrew - yield fruit
Hebrew - fruit
Hebrew - precious fruit, fruits
Hebrew - fruit
Hebrew - sycamore fruit
Hebrew - fruit
Hebrew - fruit, ripe fruit
Hebrew - fruit
Hebrew - fruit, fruits
Hebrew - bring fruit, fruitful, make fruitful, bear fruit, become fruitful, fruitful tree, made me fruitful, make him fruitful, make you fruitful
Hebrew - firstripe fruit, earliest fruit
Hebrew - fruit
Hebrew - begin to use its fruit, begun to use its fruit, use its fruit
Hebrew - fruit of his labor, fruit of my labor
Hebrew - fruit
Hebrew - new fruit
Hebrew - fruit
Hebrew - firstfruit, hasty fruit, first fruits, first ripe fruits, ripe fruit
Hebrew - fallen fruit
Hebrew - summer fruit, fruit, summer fruits
Hebrew - fruits, fruit
Hebrew - fruit
Hebrew - fruit
Hebrew - firstfruits, fruit, fruit thereof, fruitful, fruits

The edible pulp surrounding the seed(s) of many plants.

Literal uses Various types of fruit are mentioned frequently in Scripture. Among the most common are grapes, figs, olives, pomegranates, and apples (perhaps to be identified with apricots or quince). Israel, in contrast to her neighbors, recognized the process by which trees reproduce by means of seeds carried in fruit to be a part of God's good plan at creation (Genesis 1:12,Genesis 1:29). The continuing fruitfulness of Israel's trees was dependent on faithfulness to the covenant (Deuteronomy 28:4,Deuteronomy 28:11,Deuteronomy 28:18). The first fruit to ripen was offered to God (Exodus 23:16; Nehemiah 10:35).

Figurative uses The fruit of the womb is a common expression for descendants (Genesis 30:2; Deuteronomy 7:13; Psalms 127:3; Isaiah 13:18). Fruit often indicates a thought close to our word results. The fruit of the Spirit is the results of the Spirit's workings in the lives of believers (Galatians 5:22-23). Similar is the use of fruit where we would speak of manifestations or expressions. The fruits of righteousness (Philippians 1:11; James 3:18), of repentance (Matthew 3:8), of light (Ephesians 5:9) are expressions of righteousness, repentance, and moral purity. Jesus cautioned that false prophets could be identified by the fruit they produced (Matthew 7:15-20), that is, by the qualities manifested in their lives. Jesus similarly warned of the necessity of bearing fruit that was compatible with citizenship in the kingdom of God (Matthew 21:43). Fruit sometimes has the sense of reward (Isaiah 3:10; John 4:36; Philippians 4:17). Fruit is also used as a picture for Christian converts (Romans 1:13; 1 Corinthians 16:15).

Copyright Statement
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'FRUIT'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1991.


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