Job 14:9
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New International Version
yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant.

New Living Translation
at the scent of water it will bud and sprout again like a new seedling.

English Standard Version
yet at the scent of water it will bud and put out branches like a young plant.

New American Standard Bible
At the scent of water it will flourish And put forth sprigs like a plant.

King James Bible
Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
the smell of water makes it thrive and produce twigs like a sapling.

International Standard Version
the presence of water will make it to bud so that it sprouts new branches like a young plant.

NET Bible
at the scent of water it will flourish and put forth shoots like a new plant.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
merely a scent of water will make it sprout and grow branches like a plant.

Jubilee Bible 2000
at the scent of water it will bud and bring forth boughs like a new plant.

King James 2000 Bible
Yet at the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth branches like a plant.

American King James Version
Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.

American Standard Version
Yet through the scent of water it will bud, And put forth boughs like a plant.

Douay-Rheims Bible
At the scent of water, it shall spring, and bring forth leaves, as when it was first planted.

Darby Bible Translation
Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and put forth boughs like a young plant.

English Revised Version
Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and put forth boughs like a plant.

Webster's Bible Translation
Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.

World English Bible
yet through the scent of water it will bud, and put forth boughs like a plant.

Young's Literal Translation
From the fragrance of water it doth flourish, And hath made a crop as a plant.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

14:7-15 Though a tree is cut down, yet, in a moist situation, shoots come forth, and grow up as a newly planted tree. But when man is cut off by death, he is for ever removed from his place in this world. The life of man may fitly be compared to the waters of a land flood, which spread far, but soon dry up. All Job's expressions here show his belief in the great doctrine of the resurrection. Job's friends proving miserable comforters, he pleases himself with the expectation of a change. If our sins are forgiven, and our hearts renewed to holiness, heaven will be the rest of our souls, while our bodies are hidden in the grave from the malice of our enemies, feeling no more pain from our corruptions, or our corrections.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Yet through the scent of water it will bud,.... As soon as it smells it, or perceives it, is sensible of it, or partakes of its efficacy; denoting both how speedily, and how easily, at once as it were, it buds forth through the virtue either of rain water that descends upon it, or river water by which it is planted, or by any means conveyed unto it; particularly this is true of the willow, which delights in watery places; and, when it is in the circumstances before described, will by the benefit of water bud out again, even when its stock has been seemingly dead:

and bring forth boughs like a plant; as if it was a new plant, or just planted; so the Vulgate Latin version, as "when it was first planted"; or as a plant that sends forth many branches: the design of this simile is to show that man's case is worse than that of trees, which when cut down sprout out again, and are in the place where they were before; but man, when he is cut down by death, rises up no more in the same place; he is seen no more in it, and the place that knew him knows him no more; where he falls he lies until the general resurrection; he rises not before without a miracle, and such instances are very rare, and never either before or at the resurrection, but by the omnipotence of God; whereas a tree, in the above circumstances, sprouts out of itself, according to its nature, and in virtue of a natural power which God has put into it; not so man (y).

(y) "Mutat terra vices-----nos ubi decidimus", Horat. Carmin. l. 4. Ode 7.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. scent—exhalation, which, rather than the humidity of water, causes the tree to germinate. In the antithesis to man the tree is personified, and volition is poetically ascribed to it.

like a plant—"as if newly planted" [Umbreit]; not as if trees and plants were a different species.

Job 14:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Job Acknowledges the Finality of Death
8"Though its roots grow old in the ground And its stump dies in the dry soil, 9At the scent of water it will flourish And put forth sprigs like a plant. 10"But man dies and lies prostrate. Man expires, and where is he?…
Cross References
Job 14:8
Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil,

Job 14:10
But a man dies and is laid low; he breathes his last and is no more.
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