There we were, binding sheaves of grain in the field. Suddenly my sheaf stood up, and your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf.”
“When you reap the harvest of your land, you are not to reap to the very edge of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest.
“Speak to the Israelites and tell them: When you enter the land I am giving you and reap its harvest, you are to bring the first sheaf of your harvest to the priest.
I will provide rain for your land in the proper time, the autumn and spring rains, and you will harvest your grain, new wine, and oil.
“When you reap the harvest in your field, and you forget a sheaf in the field, do not go back to get it. It is to be left for the foreigner, the fatherless, and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.
Pull out some stalks from the bundles for her and leave them for her to gather. Don’t rebuke her.”
It will be as if a reaper had gathered standing grain—
his arm harvesting the heads of grain—
and as if one had gleaned heads of grain
in the Valley of Rephaim.
Though one goes along weeping,
carrying the bag of seed,
he will surely come back with shouts of joy,
carrying his sheaves.
You will approach the grave in full vigor,
as a stack of sheaves is gathered in its season.
The son who gathers during summer is prudent;
the son who sleeps during harvest is disgraceful.
Speak as follows:This is what the Lord says: Human corpses will fall
like manure on the surface of the field,
like newly cut grain after the reaper
with no one to gather it.
But they do not know the Lord’s intentions
or understand His plan,
that He has gathered them
like sheaves to the threshing floor.
Then He said to His disciples,“The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”
Let both grow together until the harvest. At harvest time I’ll tell the reapers: Gather the weeds first and tie them in bundles to burn them, but store the wheat in my barn.’”
He told them:“The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.