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Grapes were an important crop that yielded fruit juice, wine, and raisins.

( Matthew 21-33 “Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: )Vineyards required skill and care to manage successfully (Numbers 13:20 “How is the land, is it fat or lean? Are there trees in it or not? Make an effort then to get some of the fruit of the land.” Now the time was the time of the first ripe grapes.)  And wine was shipped in jars marked with the place of origin to indicate its quality. In, all the cultivation of grapes was considered to be a sign of peace and civilization. (Isaiah 62:8-9 “The LORD has sworn by His right hand and by His strong-arm, “I will never again give your grain as food for your enemies; Nor will foreigners drink your new wine for which you have labored.” But those who garner it will eat it and praise the LORD; And those who gather it will drink it in the courts of My sanctuary.”) Your laboring will bring you rewards. (Deuteronomy 24:21“When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not go over it again; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow.”)

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