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The Gleaner's Fields
The English word "glean" originated from an old Anglo-Saxon word which meant a handful. It referred to grain or fruit that was gathered after the main harvester had passed. It involved the produce that was missed or spilled (or, in the case of fruit, that which was left because it wasn't yet quite as ripe as the rest), but it also referred to the practice of deliberately leaving some of the harvest for the poor, who could then gather it for themselves, in dignity, by their own work.
"Glean" is often used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced law-kawt, which meant to pick up, or to gather. It had the same meaning as the English word (keeping in mind that the Hebrew word was far more ancient that the English or Anglo-Saxon words), but with the greater emphasis in that it was actually a Law of the LORD (see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM').
"19:9 And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest.
"Thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the LORD your God"
The law of gleaning applied to grain, tree fruit and vineyards. Why was the law commanded by the LORD? "And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt: therefore I command thee to do this thing."
"24:19 When thou cuttest down thine harvest in thy field, and hast forgot a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go again to fetch it: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hands.
Ruth, who was a key ancestor of King David (see Israelite Monarchy - The United Kingdom), and therefore also of Jesus Christ (see Israelite Monarchy - The Messiah), was a poor widow when she immigrated to the land of Israel (Ruth was born in Moab, in what is today the Arab kingdom of Jordan, just as Abraham was born in the Arab kingdom of Iraq - some of the Messiah's most well-known ancestors were Arabs by birth). The poor immigrant Ruth gleaned in the fields of the man who she later married, Boaz.
"2:1 And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.
Fact Finder: Will there be an earlier and a later harvest of human salvation?