Grains of the Bible

Grain is mentioned numerous times in the Bible. The King James Version translators used the word “corn” instead, with its old English meaning of “grain.”


The Hebrews sowed only wheat, barley, and spelt; rye and oats are not mentioned in Scripture.

Mentions of grain (partial list)

Figurative grain

Psalm 72:16; Hosea 14:7; John 12:24

Symbolic grain

Genesis 41:5

Individual seed or kernal

Grain, meaning an individual seed or kernal (Amos 9:9; John 12:24; Matthew 13:31 KJV)

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Article Version: March 14, 2019