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the season for gathering grain or fruit

On the 16th day of Abib (or April) a handful of ripe ears of corn was offered as a first-fruit before the Lord, and immediately after this the harvest commenced (Lev. 23:9-14; 2 Sam. 21:9-10; Ruth 2:23). It began with the feast of Passover and ended with Pentecost, thus lasting for seven weeks (Ex. 23:16).

The harvest was a season of joy (Ps. 126:1-6; Isa. 9:3).

This word is used figuratively in Matt. 9:37; 13:30; Luke 10:2; John 4:35.