Job 12:8
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New International Version
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you.

New Living Translation
Speak to the earth, and it will instruct you. Let the fish in the sea speak to you.

English Standard Version
or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you.

New American Standard Bible
"Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; And let the fish of the sea declare to you.

King James Bible
Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Or speak to the earth, and it will instruct you; let the fish of the sea inform you.

International Standard Version
Or ask the green plants of the earth and they'll teach you; let the fish in the sea tell you.

NET Bible
Or speak to the earth and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea declare to you.

New Heart English Bible
Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach you. The fish of the sea shall declare to you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Or speak with the earth, and it will teach you. Even the fish will relate [the story] to you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee; And the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee;

New American Standard 1977
“Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
            And let the fish of the sea declare to you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee; the fishes of the sea shall declare it unto thee also.

King James 2000 Bible
Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach you: and the fish of the sea shall declare unto you.

American King James Version
Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach you: and the fishes of the sea shall declare to you.

American Standard Version
Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee; And the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Speak to the earth, and it shall answer thee: and the fishes of the sea shall tell.

Darby Bible Translation
Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee; and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.

English Revised Version
Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee; and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare to thee.

World English Bible
Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach you. The fish of the sea shall declare to you.

Young's Literal Translation
Or talk to the earth, and it sheweth thee, And fishes of the sea recount to thee:
Study Bible
Job's Response to Zophar
7"But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you. 8"Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; And let the fish of the sea declare to you. 9"Who among all these does not know That the hand of the LORD has done this,…
Cross References
Job 12:7
"But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.

Job 12:9
"Who among all these does not know That the hand of the LORD has done this,
Treasury of Scripture

Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach you: and the fishes of the sea shall declare to you.

Verse 8. - Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee. If the material earth be intended, the appeal must be to its orderly course, its summers and winters, its seedtime and harvest, its former and latter rains, its constant productivity, which, no less than animal instincts, speak of a single ruling power directing and ordering all things. If the creeping things of the earth, the reptile creation, be meant, then the argument is merely an expansion of that in the preceding verse. The instincts of reptiles are to be ascribed, no less than those of beasts and birds, to the constant superintending action and providence of the Almighty. And the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. The testimony will be unanimous - beasts, birds, reptiles, and fishes will unite in it. Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee,.... Or ask "a sprig of the earth" (n), any shrub, or tree, or whatsoever grows out of it, and they will all unite in this doctrine, that they are raised and preserved by the power of God, and are so many instances of his wisdom, power, and goodness:

and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee; as mute as they are, they will proclaim this truth, that God is the mighty Maker and wise Disposer of them.

(n) "virgultum terrae", Pagninus, Schmidt; so Drusius and Michaelis. 8. speak to the earth—rather, "the shrubs of the earth" [Umbreit].12:6-11 Job appeals to facts. The most audacious robbers, oppressors, and impious wretches, often prosper. Yet this is not by fortune or chance; the Lord orders these things. Worldly prosperity is of small value in his sight: he has better things for his children. Job resolves all into the absolute proprietorship which God has in all the creatures. He demands from his friends liberty to judge of what they had said; he appeals to any fair judgment.
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