23 ¶ And when ye shall come into the land, and shall have planted all manner of trees for food, then ye shall count the fruit thereof as uncircumcised: three years shall it be as uncircumcised unto you: it shall not be eaten of.
23 Verse 23. Three years shall it be as uncircumcised] I see no
great reason to seek for mystical meanings in this prohibition.
The fruit of a young tree cannot be good; for not having arrived
at a state of maturity, the juices cannot be sufficiently
elaborated to produce fruit excellent in its kind. The
Israelites are commanded not to eat of the fruit of a tree till
the fifth year after its planting: in the three first years the
fruit is unwholesome; in the fourth year the fruit is holy, it
belongs to God, and should be consecrated to him, Le 19:24; and
in the fifth year and afterward the fruit may be employed for
common use, Le 19:25.