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The English word garner originated from the Latin word granaria, meaning a granary, which also originated from the same word, as did grange, granite (because the rock granite is composed of an accumulation of coarse mineral "grains") and garnish. Some versions of The Bible use "garner" to translate three original words of the Scriptures, the Hebrew words (pronounced) meh-zev meaning to gather in, and oh-tsaw, meaning a storage place, and the Greek word (pronounced) ah-poth-ay-kay, meaning a storage place (apothecary originated from the same Greek word).


Grain Some Bible versions use "garner," while others use "granary," as illustrated in the KJV and RSV translations of Matthew 3:12

"Whose fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." (Matthew 3:12 KJV) (see also Baptism Of Fire)

"His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will clear His threshing floor and gather His wheat into the granary, but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire." (Matthew 3:12 RSV)

A full garner is among the blessings and security of Believers:

"It is He that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword. Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood: That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace: That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets: That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets. Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is The Lord." (Psalm 144:10-15 KJV)

Contrast the blessings described above with the eventual "desolate garners" of Unbelievers, or the Apostate:

"The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered. How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate. O Lord, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field. The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness." (Joel 1:17-20 KJV)

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