Sow (Verb), Sower - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

Sow (Verb), Sower

[ 1,,G4687, speiro ]
to sow seed," is used

(1) literally, especially in the Synoptic Gospels; elsewhere, 1 Corinthians 15:36-37; 2 Corinthians 9:10, "the sower;"

(2) metaphorically,
(a) in proverbial sayings, e.g., Matthew 13:3-Matthew 13:4; Luke 19:21-Luke 19:22; John 4:37; 2 Corinthians 9:6
(b) in the interpretation of parables, e.g., Matthew 13:19-Matthew 13:23 (in these verses, RV, "was sown," for AV, "received seed");
(c) otherwise as follows: of "sowing" spiritual things in preaching and teaching, 1 Corinthians 9:11; of the interment of the bodies of deceased believers, 1 Corinthians 15:42-44; of ministering to the necessities of others in things temporal (the harvest being proportionate to the "sowing"), 2 Corinthians 9:6, 2 Corinthians 9:10 (See above); of "sowing" to the flesh, Galatians 6:7-Galatians 6:8 ("that" in Galatians 6:7 is emphatic, "that and that only," what was actually "sown"); in Galatians 6:8, eis, "unto," signifies "in the interests of;" of the "fruit of righteousness" by peacemakers, James 3:18.

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