Job 28:5
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New International Version
The earth, from which food comes, is transformed below as by fire;

New Living Translation
Food is grown on the earth above, but down below, the earth is melted as by fire.

English Standard Version
As for the earth, out of it comes bread, but underneath it is turned up as by fire.

New American Standard Bible
"The earth, from it comes food, And underneath it is turned up as fire.

King James Bible
As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Food may come from the earth, but below the surface the earth is transformed as by fire.

International Standard Version
"While the ground produces food, underneath it is torn up and burning hot,

NET Bible
The earth, from which food comes, is overturned below as though by fire;

New Heart English Bible
As for the earth, out of it comes bread; Underneath it is turned up as it were by fire.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Above the ground food grows, but beneath it the food decays as if [it were burned] by fire.

JPS Tanakh 1917
As for the earth, out of it cometh bread, And underneath it is turned up as it were by fire.

New American Standard 1977
“The earth, from it comes food,
            And underneath it is turned up as fire.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Land out of which bread comes forth, and underneath it shall be as if it were converted in fire.

King James 2000 Bible
As for the earth, out of it comes bread: but under it is turned up as it were fire.

American King James Version
As for the earth, out of it comes bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire.

American Standard Version
As for the earth, out of it cometh bread; And underneath it is turned up as it were by fire.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The land, out of which bread grew in its place, hath been overturned with fire.

Darby Bible Translation
As for the earth, out of it cometh bread, and underneath it is turned up as by fire;

English Revised Version
As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and underneath it is turned up as it were by fire.

Webster's Bible Translation
As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire.

World English Bible
As for the earth, out of it comes bread; Underneath it is turned up as it were by fire.

Young's Literal Translation
The earth! from it cometh forth bread, And its under-part is turned like fire.
Study Bible
The Earth's Treasures
4"He sinks a shaft far from habitation, Forgotten by the foot; They hang and swing to and fro far from men. 5"The earth, from it comes food, And underneath it is turned up as fire. 6"Its rocks are the source of sapphires, And its dust contains gold.…
Cross References
Job 28:4
"He sinks a shaft far from habitation, Forgotten by the foot; They hang and swing to and fro far from men.

Job 28:6
"Its rocks are the source of sapphires, And its dust contains gold.

Psalm 104:14
He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, And vegetation for the labor of man, So that he may bring forth food from the earth,
Treasury of Scripture

As for the earth, out of it comes bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire.

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Genesis 1:11,12,29 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding …

Psalm 104:14,15 He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service …

Isaiah 28:25-29 When he has made plain the face thereof, does he not cast abroad …

fire

Ezekiel 28:13,14 You have been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was …

(5) As for the earth . . .--While the ploughman and the reaper till and gather the fruits of the earth on its surface, the miner far below maintains perpetual fires, as also does the volcanic mountain, with its fields and vineyards luxuriant and fertile on its sides.

Verse 5. - As for the earth, out of it cometh bread. Man's cleverness is such that he turns the earth to various uses. By tillage of its surface he causes it to produce the staff of life, bread: and by his mining operations the under part of it is turned up as fire, or rather, as by fire. Fire was used in some of the processes whereby masses of material were detached and forced to yield their treasures (see Pliny, 'Hist. Nat.,' 33:4. § 73). As for the earth, out of it cometh bread,.... That is, bread corn, or corn of which bread is made particularly wheat; which falling, or being cast into the earth, rises up and brings forth fruit, and, when ground into flour, makes fine bread; and to this same original the psalmist ascribes bread, which strengthens man's heart, Psalm 104:14. The West Indians formerly made their bread of roots of the earth, particularly one called "jucca" (b); so Caesar's soldiers in distress made bread of a root called "chara", steeped in milk (c):

and under it is turned up as it were fire; coal, which is fuel for fire; for, as in the earth are mines for gold and silver, iron and brass, out of which they are dug, or the ore of them, so there is coal under the earth; which, when turned up, or dug, is taken for firing; or brimstone, or sulphureous matter, which is easily inflammable; and sometimes the same earth, the surface of which is covered with corn, out of which bread cometh, underneath are coal, or sulphur, and such like combustible matter: some think precious stones are meant, which glitter and sparkle like fire; see Ezekiel 28:14.

(b) P. Martyr, Decad 1. l. 1.((c) Caesar. Comment. Bell. Civil. l. 3. c. 48. 5. Its fertile surface yields food; and yet "beneath it is turned up as it were with fire." So Pliny [Natural History, 33] observes on the ingratitude of man who repays the debt he owes the earth for food, by digging out its bowels. "Fire" was used in mining [Umbreit]. English Version is simpler, which means precious stones which glow like fire; and so Job 28:6 follows naturally (Eze 28:14).28:1-11 Job maintained that the dispensations of Providence were regulated by the highest wisdom. To confirm this, he showed of what a great deal of knowledge and wealth men may make themselves masters. The caverns of the earth may be discovered, but not the counsels of Heaven. Go to the miners, thou sluggard in religion, consider their ways, and be wise. Let their courage and diligence in seeking the wealth that perishes, shame us out of slothfulness and faint-heartedness in labouring for the true riches. How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! How much easier, and safer! Yet gold is sought for, but grace neglected. Will the hopes of precious things out of the earth, so men call them, though really they are paltry and perishing, be such a spur to industry, and shall not the certain prospect of truly precious things in heaven be much more so?
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