Used as the opposite of fruit. Probably unprofitable, worthless.
Jeremiah 12:13 (KJV) They have sown wheat, but shall reap thorns: they have put themselves to pain, but shall not profit: and they shall be ashamed of your revenues because of the fierce anger of the LORD.
- Used synonymously with a fool:
Ecclesiastes 7:6 (KJV) For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.
- Used as the opposite of fruit (see glossary note for fruit):
Isaiah 32:13, 15 (KJV) Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; yea, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city… Verse 15 Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest.