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    (plurar) fruit, fruits

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the mystical transfiguration of the word “fruit” in the following passage?


    There are no spiritual gains without pains. Would we expect a crop from a farmer who never even looked at his fields until harvest time? That is ridiculous! The farmer has to get out in his fields and sow the seeds. Does not God say in James 3:18 that "the fruit of righteousness are sown in peace by those who make peace"? The fruits of righteousness have to be sown!That is work.
    What are the fruits of righteousness? They are love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, meekness, kindness, faith, self-control—but they have to be sown, fertilized, cultivated, and pruned. We see a process. As those fruits begin to be produced, sanctification cannot be hidden any more than the fruit on a tree can be hidden. We will never attain to holiness without Bible study, prayer, fasting, meditation, and obedience because through them is how spiritual life is sown, cultivated, fertilized, and tended so that fruit is produced.


    I know that “fruit” is countable and uncountable but I am entirely in the dark by interpretation in my native language.


    the fruit(s) of something
    I'm looking forward to retirement and having time to enjoy the fruits of my labour (= the results of my hard work).

    Try to eat plenty of fresh fruit.

    plenty = a full supply; (often followed by `of') a large number

    fruit and vegetables

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Re: (plurar) fruit, fruits

    [1] "And the fruit of righteousness are sown in peace by those who make peace."

    Note, non-count usage here (old usage probably), but fruit refers to one thing, not more; i.e., 'the reward (which richeousness brings)":
    James 3:18
    For the seed which one day produces the reward which righteousness brings can only be sown when personal relationships are right and by those whose conduct produces such relationships. (James 3:18; William Barclay's Daily Bible Study)
    In this verse, James is talking about a social situation. God's purpose—the fruit that He wants from His way of life, the kind of character that He wants in us—has to be produced in peace. It cannot be produced in war.


    [2] "The fruits of righteousness have to be sown!That is work."

    Note, count here: fruits refers to love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, meekness, kindness, faith, self-control—


    [3] "We see a process. As those fruits begin to be produced, ... "

    Note, again count here: fruits refers back to love, joy, peace, and so on.


    [4] ... sanctification cannot be hidden any more than the fruit on a tree can be hidden.

    Note, non-count usage here: common modern day usage.


    [5] We will never attain to holiness without Bible study, prayer, fasting, meditation, and obedience because through them is how spiritual life is sown, cultivated, fertilized, and tended so that fruit is produced.

    Note, count usage again: fruit refers to "the reward which richeousness brings."

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