"A good day for harvesting," thought Alpatych.
The straw is cut as in ordinary harvesting, but is allowed to dry in the sun before binding.
While busy harvesting, they are exposed to the raids of the Bedouins (verse 9).
The other men go back to their homes or to the factories in the cities, where they await the harvesting and threshing season.
As a rule the weather during the harvesting period permits the grain to be gathered safely without damage from sprouting.