Mowing; Mown Grass

mo'-ing, (gez, "a shearing," "cut grass"): In Ps 72:6 the good king's rule is said to be "like rain upon the mown grass," to start the new growth (compare 2Sa 23:4; Ho 6:3). "The king's mowings" (Am 7:1) were the portion of the spring herbage taken as tribute by the kings of Israel to feed their horses (compare 1Sa 8:15 ff; 1Sa 18:5). "After the king's mowings" would denote the time when everybody else might turn to reap their greenstuffs (BTP, II, 109). The term "mower" (qatsar, "to dock off," "shorten") in Ps 129:7 the King James Version is rendered "reaper" in the Revised Version (British and American), and in Jas 5:4 the Revised Version (British and American) has "mow" for amao (the King James Version "reap").

See HARVEST; REAPING.

M. O. Evans

 
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