From: Steve Long (
Date: Mon Oct 05 1998 - 04:58:10 EDT


I was at a men's breakfast Bible study Saturday and we were studying joy.
As we were talking it occurred to me how similar joy is to love, and peace
is to joy. Sometimes for me, our definitions of a spiritual experience tend
to overlap one another. So I checked my GNT and found in Gal. 5:22 that
KARPOS is singular. Now I know the English word "fruit" can be plural and I
assume it is the same in the Greek usage for KARPOS, ie. KARPON POLUN in

But my question concerns the kinds of fruit. If we are talking apples and
oranges, we say "fruits". So does the Greek address different kinds of
fruits as fruit or fruits? In other words is Paul saying that love is
similar to joy the same way as one apple is similar to another apple, or
are we talking about love and joy being apples and oranges?

Fresh and fruity,

Steve Long
Saint Peters, Missouri

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