Isaiah 28:24
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New International Version
When a farmer plows for planting, does he plow continually? Does he keep on breaking up and working the soil?

New Living Translation
Does a farmer always plow and never sow? Is he forever cultivating the soil and never planting?

English Standard Version
Does he who plows for sowing plow continually? Does he continually open and harrow his ground?

New American Standard Bible
Does the farmer plow continually to plant seed? Does he continually turn and harrow the ground?

King James Bible
Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? doth he open and break the clods of his ground?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Does the plowman plow every day to plant seed? Does he continuously break up and cultivate the soil?

International Standard Version
Does he who plows for sowing plow all the time? Does he keep on breaking up and harrowing his field?

NET Bible
Does a farmer just keep on plowing at planting time? Does he keep breaking up and harrowing his ground?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Does a farmer go on plowing every day so he can plant? Does he continue to break up the soil and make furrows in the ground?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Does the plowman plow all day to sow? does he open and break the clods of his ground?

King James 2000 Bible
Does the plowman keep plowing all day to sow? does he keep opening and breaking the clods of his ground?

American King James Version
Does the plowman plow all day to sow? does he open and break the clods of his ground?

American Standard Version
Doth he that ploweth to sow plow continually? doth he continually open and harrow his ground?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shall the ploughman plough all the day to sow, shall he open and harrow his ground?

Darby Bible Translation
Doth the ploughman plough all day to sow? Is he [all day] opening and breaking the clods of his land?

English Revised Version
Doth the plowman plow continually to sow? doth he continually open and break the clods of his ground?

Webster's Bible Translation
Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? doth he open and break the clods of his ground?

World English Bible
Does he who plows to sow plow continually? Does he keep turning the soil and breaking the clods?

Young's Literal Translation
The whole day plougheth the ploughman to sow? He openeth and harroweth his ground!
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

28:23-29 The husbandman applies to his calling with pains and prudence, in all the works of it according to their nature. Thus the Lord, who has given men this wisdom, is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in his working. As the occasion requires, he threatens, corrects, spares, shows mercy, or executes vengeance. Afflictions are God's threshing instruments, to loosen us from the world, to part between us and our chaff, and to prepare us for use. God will proportion them to our strength; they shall be no heavier than there is need. When his end is answered, the trials and sufferings of his people shall cease; his wheat shall be gathered into the garner, but the chaff shall be burned with unquenchable fire.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 24. - Doth the plowman plow all day? The Church of God, go often called a vineyard, is here compared to an arable field, and the processes by which God educates and disciplines his Church are compared to those employed by man in the cultivation of such a piece of ground, and the obtaining of a harvest, from it. First of all, the ground must be ploughed, the face of the earth "opened" and the "clods broken." This, however, does not go on forever; it is for an object - that the seed may be sown; and, as soon as the ground is fit for the sowing to take place, the preparation of the soil ceases. Doth he open and break, etc.? Harrowing succeeds to ploughing in the natural order of things, the object of the harrowing being to break and pulverize the clods.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Doth the ploughman plough all day to sow?.... Or, "every day"; he ploughs in order to sow; by ploughing he prepares the ground for sowing, that is his end in ploughing; and he may plough a whole day together when he is at it, but he does not plough every day in the year; he has other work to do besides ploughing, as is later mentioned; such as breaking of clods, sowing seed, and threshing the grain after it is ripe, and reaped, and gathered. The prophet signifies that the Lord, like a ploughman, had different sorts of work; he was not always doing one and the same thing; and particularly, that he would not be always admonishing and threatening men, and making preparation for his judgments, but in a little time he would execute them, signified by after metaphors:

doth he open and break the clods of his ground? he does, with a mallet or iron bar, or with the harrow; whereby the ground is made even, and so more fit for sowing. The Targum interprets the whole in a mystical sense, of the instructions of the prophets, thus,

"at all times the prophets prophesy to teach, if perhaps the ears of sinners may be opened to receive instruction;''

and it may be applied to the work of the Spirit of God upon men's hearts, by the ministry of the word: the heart of man is like the "fallow ground", hard and obdurate, barren and unfruitful; the ministry of the word is the "plough", and ministers are the "ploughmen"; but it is the Spirit of God that makes their ministrations useful, for the conviction of the mind, the pricking of the heart, and breaking it in pieces; see Jeremiah 4:3.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

24. all day—emphatic; he is not always ploughing: he also "sows," and that, too, in accordance with sure rules (Isa 28:25).

doth he open—supply "always." Is he always harrowing?

Isaiah 28:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
Listen and Hear God's Voice
23Give ear and hear my voice, Listen and hear my words. 24Does the farmer plow continually to plant seed? Does he continually turn and harrow the ground? 25Does he not level its surface And sow dill and scatter cummin And plant wheat in rows, Barley in its place and rye within its area?…
Cross References
Isaiah 28:23
Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say.

Isaiah 28:25
When he has leveled the surface, does he not sow caraway and scatter cumin? Does he not plant wheat in its place, barley in its plot, and spelt in its field?
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