If it beareth (ekperousa). Present active participle of ekperw, conditional participle. For "thorns and thistles" see Matthew 7:16 for both words (akanqa kai tribolou). Roman soldiers scattered balls with sharp iron spikes, one of which was called tribulus, to hinder the enemy's cavalry. Rejected (adokimo). See 1 Corinthians 9:27 ; Romans 1:28 . For katara eggu (nigh unto a curse) see Galatians 3:10 . To be burned (ei kausin). "For burning." Common sight in clearing up ground.