from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Sowing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun obsolete Seedtime.
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- noun The state or quality of being
- noun obsolete
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Joseph, and David, and many others, had harvests of joy after a sorrowful seedness.
Let ministers, in the days of their seedness, sow both morning and evening; for who can tell which shall prosper?
And he further informs us (v. 8) that, as there are two sorts of seedness, sowing to the flesh and sowing to the Spirit, so accordingly will the reckoning be hereafter: If we sow to the flesh, we shall of the flesh reap corruption.
If the seedness fail not, the harvest shall not, Gal. vi.
Even the ridges of the earth, off which the rain seems to slide, are watered abundantly, for they drink in the rain which comes often upon them; the furrows of it, which are turned up by the plough, in order to the seedness, are settled by the rain and made fit to receive the seed (v. 10); they are settled by being made soft.
Our present time is seed-time: in the other world there will be a great harvest; and, as the husbandman reaps in the harvest according as he sows in the seedness, so we shall reap then as we sow now.
He shall reap the same, that is, the proper product of that seedness.
It is a scourge to a sinful land; as once it was for the destruction of the whole world, so it is now often for the correction or discipline of some parts of it, by hindering seedness and harvest, raising the waters, and damaging the fruits.
When one crop fails the husband man hopes the next may make it up; but here they despair of that, the seedness being as bad as the harvest.
In the morning sow thy seed upon the objects of charity that offer themselves early, and in the evening do not withhold thy hand, under pretence that thou art weary; as thou hast opportunity, be doing good, some way or other, all the day long, as the husbandman follows his seedness from morning till night.