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Fallow Ground
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Fallow Ground
Fallow Ground (דָּמַם‎, damam; נִר‎, nir). Uncultivated fields. Mosaic law required the Israelites to allow their ground to be left uncultivated once every seven years (Exod 23:11). In a figurative sense, the expression “break up your fallow ground” referred to returning to righteousness (Jer 4:3; Hos
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Fallow
Fallow The term designates ground that has been plowed and then left uncultivated for a season. Jer. 4:3 and Hos. 10:12 read Heb. nîrûnîr, literally, “freshly till the once-tilled [but fallow] ground.” In Ex. 23:11 God commanded Israel to let the land “lie fallow” (Heb. nṭš, “leave”) every seventh
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Fallow Ground
FALLOW GROUND. The Heb. word nɩ̂r occurs twice in the OT (Jer 4:3; Hos 10:12), and is translated as “fallow ground” in the KJV. It signifies “tillable” or “untilled” ground.The Heb. nâṭash has the thought of “fallow ground” in one instance (Ex 23:11). It means “to leave,” “to let alone.” The Israelites
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Fallow Ground
Fallow GroundGround that has been plowed but intentionally remains uncultivated. Every seventh year the fields in Palestine were to be left unseeded in order to give the land a rest and thus preserve its fertility (Lev. 26:34–35). Whatever grew on that land during the Sabbatical Year was to be given
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Fallow Ground
Fallow Ground (Heb. nîr). Ground that has been plowed but intentionally remains uncultivated. Every seventh year the fields in Palestine were to be left unseeded in order to give the land a rest and thus preserve its fertility (Lev. 26:34–35). Whatever grew on that land during the sabbatical year
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Fallow Ground
FALLOW GROUND. A field plowed up and left for seeding and summer fallow, properly conducted is a sure method of destroying weeds (Jer. 4:3; Hos. 10:12).
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Fallow-ground
Fallow-groundThe expression, “Break up your fallow ground” (Hos. 10:12; Jer. 4:3) means, “Do not sow your seed among thorns”, i.e., break off all your evil habits; clear your hearts of weeds, in order that they may be prepared for the seed of righteousness. Land was allowed to lie fallow that it might
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Fallow Ground
FALLOW GROUND - farmland allowed to lie idle during a growing season to allow the fertility of the soil to be restored (Hos. 10:12).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
FALLOW
FALLOW<fal’-o> ([דָּמַם‎, damam]): Damam is translated only once in the sense of “fallow” (Ex 23:11). The law required that the Israelites allow their ground to lie fallow one year in, seven. the King James Version is (Dt 14:5) [נִר‎, nir], and is translated “fallow” in its more obsolete sense
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Fallow Ground
FALLOW GROUND Virgin soil or else soil that has not recently been planted (Jer. 4:3; Hos. 10:12). The central thrust of the prophetic message is clear: the nation Israel, “Jacob,” is to return to Yahweh by “cultivating” the covenant values of righteousness and steadfast love. The precise significance
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
Fallow Ground
fallow ground. Land that is left idle for a season after plowing and harrowing, so that weeds and insects are killed while the soil regains its fertility. The term is used by the NRSV and other versions to render Hebrew nîr H5776 (Jer. 4:3; Hos. 10:12; NIV, “unplowed ground”; the Heb. word occurs also
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Fallow
FALLOW, falʹō (דָּמַם‎, dāmam): Dāmam is trd only once in the sense of “fallow” (Ex 23:11). The law required that the Israelites allow their ground to lie fallow one year in seven. AV is (Dt 14:5) נִר‎, nir, and is trd “fallow” in its more obsolete sense of “tilled ground” in AV (Jer 4:3; Hos 10:12).
Key passages
Ex 23:11

But the seventh you will let it rest and leave it fallow, and the poor of your people will eat, and their remainder the animals of the field will eat. You will do likewise for your vineyard and for your olive trees.

Pr 13:23

There is much food in the field of the poor, but it is swept away by injustice.

Je 4:3

For thus says Yahweh to the men of Judah and to Jerusalem, “Break up for yourselves prepared virgin soil, and you must not sow among thornbushes.