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What does first fruit mean in Proverbs 3:9?


Proverbs 3:9

ESV - 9 Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce.

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After5 Judy Jentz Christian, Lay Person Who Studys God's Living Word
First fruit is a term used to describe the first fruit of the first harvest. God commanded His people to present the first fruit of the land to the Levitical priesthood: 

"... that you shall take some of the FIRST of all the PRODUCE of the ground, which you shall bring from your land that the Lord your God is giving you, and put it in a basket and go to the place where the Lord your God chooses to make His name abide. " (Deuteronomy 26:2

The Levitical Priesthood were the Levites..

Numbers 1:50 
Instead, appoint the Levites to be in charge of the tabernacle of the covenant law—over all its furnishings and everything belonging to it. They are to carry the tabernacle and all its furnishings; they are to take care of it and encamp around it.

The law required, 
That on the morrow after the Passover Sabbath a sheaf of new corn should be waved by the priest before the altar (Leviticus 23:5 Leviticus 23:6 Leviticus 23:10 Leviticus 23:12; 2:12). 

That at the feast of Pentecost two loaves of leavened bread, made from the new flour, were to be waved in like manner (Leviticus 23:15 Leviticus 23:17; Numbers 28:26). 

The feast of Tabernacles was an acknowledgement that the fruits of the harvest were from the Lord (Exodus 23:16; 34:22). 

Every individual, besides, was required to consecrate to God a portion of the first-fruits of the land (Exodus 22:29; 23:19; 34:26; Numbers 15:20 Numbers 15:21). 

The law enjoined that no fruit was to be gathered from newly-planted fruit-trees for the first three years, and that the first-fruits of the fourth year were to be consecrated to the Lord (Leviticus 19:23-25). (Jeremiah 2:3) alludes to the ordinance of "first-fruits," and hence he must have been acquainted with the books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers, where the laws regarding it are recorded.

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