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Husbandman

The English word husbandman means someone who cultivates the soil. The word is used in some Bible versions to translate the Hebrew word pronounced ik-kawr, which means to dig. Although the English words husband and husbandman are derived from the same ancient Anglo-Saxon word, husbonda, meaning house-band, or one who bonds a household together, the Hebrew word for husband is an entirely different word from ik-kawr; pronounced eesh, it means to be a man.

A Tiller Of The Soil

Tilling The Soil Husbandman is one of the two most ancient professions, shepherd being the other:

"Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground" (Genesis 4:2 KJV)

After humanity started over, righteous Noah was the new first husbandman:

"And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard" (Genesis 9:20 KJV)

Jesus Christ used "husbandman" (King James translation) as an analogy for God's management of the good, and the evil:

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned." (John 15:1-6 KJV)

James compared awaiting The Return Of Jesus Christ to a husbandman awaiting the development and harvest of his crops:

"Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh" (James 5:7-8 KJV)

Fact Finder: Which of the parables of Jesus Christ involved a husbandman?
Matthew 21:33-43


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