Proverbs 12:11
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11  He who tills his land shall have food in plenty, But he who pursues vanities is devoid of sense.

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יא  עֹבֵד אַדְמָתוֹ יִשְׂבַּע־לָחֶם וּמְרַדֵּף רֵיקִים חֲסַר־לֵב׃

 12:11   He who tills his land shall have food in plenty

Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook (1865-1935)

Israel was intended to be an agrarian society, therefore in this verse, farming is seen as a worthy pursuit. The Bible strengthens the people’s connection to the Land of Israel through various agricultural celebrations, commemorations and obligations. Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook points out that it is not these laws, unique to Eretz Yisrael, which make the land holy. Rather, it is the intrinsic holiness of the land that inspires these special agricultural commandments.

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  • I just read the guidelines, and believe I violated the 3rd condition by quoting scripture outside of the Old Testament…. I will not do this again, and am sorry if I caused any offense…..forgive my Zeal, as I recently (within 1 year) have embraced my Jewish roots on my Father’s side, and am in love with everything Israel!!!

  • This commentary touched me deeply, and reminded me of what Jesus said in the New Testament:

    ” The Sabbath was made for Man, and not man for the Sabbath (Mark 2:27) ”

    It’s a beautiful thing to worship The Giver of the Torah, and not the Torah itself. bad things happen when we get this backwards!!!


Proverbs 12:11

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