What is the meaning of the word…
garner (garners) in some Bibles, and where does it appear?

To garner means to gather and store something, such as gathering grain (reaping) and storing it in a granary to preserve it for later use. “Garners” means the gatherings or reapings of something.

Original language words that are sometimes translated as “garner” in English Bibles:

  1. 'otsar

    Hebrew: אוֹצָר —transliteration: otsar —occurrences: 79 times in Scripture

    This Hebrew word refers to gathered valuables, a treasure, a treasury, a store of goods laid up, a storehouse, or granaries. It thus can refer to either the valuables themselves or the storage place for them.

    And Hezekiah had exceeding much riches and honour: and he made himself treasuries [otsar] for silver, and for gold, and for precious stones, and for spices, and for shields, and for all manner of pleasant jewels; —2 Chronicles 32:27 KJV

    The garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down… —Joel 1:17 KJV excerpt

    Compare New King James Version:

    Storehouses are in shambles;
    Barns are broken down… —Joel 1:17 NKJV excerpt

  2. mazu

    Hebrew: מֶזֶו —transliteration: mazu —occurrences: 1

    This Hebrew word refers to a granary, barn or storeroom.

    That our garners [mazu] may be full, affording all manner of store… —Psalm 144:13 KJV excerpt

    Compare New King James Version:

    That our barns may be full… —Psalm 144:13 NKJV excerpt

  3. apotheke

    Greek: ἀποθήκη —transliteration: apothéké —occurrences: 6 (Matthew 3:12; 6:26; 13:30; Luke 3:17; 12:18; 12:24)

    This Greek word refers to a place for storing or putting away anything, including a barn, a granary, storehouse or other repository.

    …gather his wheat into the garner [apotheke]… —Matthew 3:12 KJV excerpt; compare Luke 3:17 KJV

    …gather the wheat into His barn [apotheke]… —Luke 3:17 NKJV excerpt

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Article Version: September 30, 2021