What does Fallow Ground mean in the Bible?

Greek / Hebrew Translation Occurance
נִ֑יר tillable or untilled or fallow ground. 2

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   1 tillable or untilled or Fallow Ground.

Frequency of Fallow Ground (original languages)

Frequency of Fallow Ground (English)


Easton's Bible Dictionary - Fallow-Ground
The expression, "Break up your fallow ground" (Hosea 10:12 ; Jeremiah 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 become more fruitful; but when in this condition, it soon became overgrown with thorns and weeds. The cultivator of the soil was careful to "break up" his fallow ground, i.e., to clear the field of weeds, before sowing seed in it. So says the prophet, "Break off your evil ways, repent of your sins, cease to do evil, and then the good seed of the word will have room to grow and bear fruit."
Holman Bible Dictionary - Fallow Ground
Virgin soil or else soil which has not recently been planted (Jeremiah 4:3 ; Hosea 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 of the fallow ground is unclear. Perhaps the unplowed earth represents Israel's failure to do what was needed to keep the covenant. Or perhaps the virgin soil represents a new relationship with God. Here the call is for Israel to abandon the worn out fields of unrighteousness (symbolized by thorns) and to move on to the new, fertile (Proverbs 13:23 ) ground of covenant living.

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Layland - ) Land lying untilled; Fallow Ground
Fallow-Ground - The expression, "Break up your Fallow Ground" (Hosea 10:12 ; Jeremiah 4:3 ) means, "Do not sow your seed among thorns", i. The cultivator of the soil was careful to "break up" his Fallow Ground, i
Fallow - Unsowed not tilled left to rest after a year or more of tillage as Fallow Ground a fallow field. Break up your Fallow Ground
Fallow Ground - The precise significance of the Fallow Ground is unclear
Hireling - They are, as instruments in the Lord's hand to break up the Fallow Ground of the hearts of their people, and to water the garden of Jesus
Thorns Thistles - They cover Fallow Ground, and must be burnt before the ground can be ploughed
the Slothful Servant Who Hid His Lord's Money - Their field is so small that it is not worth their pains taking off their coat to gather out the stones, and to weed out the thorns, and to plough up the Fallow Ground, and to sow in their too small pulpit and pastorate the seed or the kingdom of heaven
Jeremiah - It effected no ‘circumcision of the heart,’ no inward turning to Jehovah, no such ‘breaking up of the Fallow Ground’ as Jeremiah had called for; the good seed of the Deuteronomic teaching was ‘sown among thorns’ ( Jeremiah 4:3-4 ), which sprang up and choked it