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:,
The fruit of the field, "corn-fruit" (Heb. dagan); all kinds of grain and pulse.
The fruit of the vine, "vintage-fruit" (Heb. tirosh); grapes, whether moist or dried.
"Orchard-fruits" (Heb. yitshar), as dates, figs, citrons, etc.
Injunctions concerning offerings and tithes were expressed by these Hebrew terms alone ( Numbers 18:12 ; Deuteronomy 14:23 ). This word "fruit" is also used of children or offspring ( Genesis 30:2 ; Deuteronomy 7:13 ; Luke 1:42 ; Psalms 21:10 ; 132:11 ); also of the progeny of beasts ( Deuteronomy 28:51 ; Isaiah 14:29 ).
It is used metaphorically in a variety of forms ( Psalms 104:13 ; Proverbs 1:31 ; 11:30 ; 31:16 ; Isaiah 3:10 ; 10:12 ; Matthew 3:8 ; 21:41 ; 26:29 ; Hebrews 13:15 ; Romans 7:4 Romans 7:5 ; 15:28 ).
The fruits of the Spirit ( Galatians 5:22 Galatians 5:23 ; Ephesians 5:9 ; James 3:17 James 3:18 ) are those gracious dispositions and habits which the Spirit produces in those in whom he dwells and works.
These dictionary topics are from
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.
[B] indicates this entry was also found in Baker's Evangelical Dictionary
Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Fruit". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .