Job 8:11
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New International Version
Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh? Can reeds thrive without water?

New Living Translation
"Can papyrus reeds grow tall without a marsh? Can marsh grass flourish without water?

English Standard Version
“Can papyrus grow where there is no marsh? Can reeds flourish where there is no water?

New American Standard Bible
"Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh? Can the rushes grow without water?

King James Bible
Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Does papyrus grow where there is no marsh? Do reeds flourish without water?

International Standard Version
"Can papyrus grow where there's no marsh? Can reeds flourish without water?

NET Bible
Can the papyrus plant grow tall where there is no marsh? Can reeds flourish without water?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Can papyrus grow up where there is no swamp? Can rushes grow tall without water?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Can the rush shoot up without mire? Can the reed-grass grow without water?

New American Standard 1977
“Can the papyrus grow up without marsh?
            Can the rushes grow without water?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Can the rush grow up without mire? Can the meadow grow without water?

King James 2000 Bible
Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh? can the reeds grow without water?

American King James Version
Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?

American Standard Version
Can the rush grow up without mire? Can the flag grow without water?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Can the rush be green without moisture? or a sedge-bush grow without water?

Darby Bible Translation
Doth the papyrus shoot up without mire? doth the reed-grass grow without water?

English Revised Version
Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?

Webster's Bible Translation
Can the rush grow without mire? can the flag grow without water?

World English Bible
"Can the papyrus grow up without mire? Can the rushes grow without water?

Young's Literal Translation
'Doth a rush wise without mire? A reed increase without water?
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
8:8-19 Bildad discourses well of hypocrites and evil-doers, and the fatal end of all their hopes and joys. He proves this truth of the destruction of the hopes and joys of hypocrites, by an appeal to former times. Bildad refers to the testimony of the ancients. Those teach best that utter words out of their heart, that speak from an experience of spiritual and divine things. A rush growing in fenny ground, looking very green, but withering in dry weather, represents the hypocrite's profession, which is maintained only in times of prosperity. The spider's web, spun with great skill, but easily swept away, represents a man's pretensions to religion when without the grace of God in his heart. A formal professor flatters himself in his own eyes, doubts not of his salvation, is secure, and cheats the world with his vain confidences. The flourishing of the tree, planted in the garden, striking root to the rock, yet after a time cut down and thrown aside, represents wicked men, when most firmly established, suddenly thrown down and forgotten. This doctrine of the vanity of a hypocrite's confidence, or the prosperity of a wicked man, is sound; but it was not applicable to the case of Job, if confined to the present world.
Study Bible
Bildad: Job Should Repent
10"Will they not teach you and tell you, And bring forth words from their minds? 11"Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh? Can the rushes grow without water? 12"While it is still green and not cut down, Yet it withers before any other plant.…
Cross References
Genesis 41:2
And lo, from the Nile there came up seven cows, sleek and fat; and they grazed in the marsh grass.

Job 8:10
"Will they not teach you and tell you, And bring forth words from their minds?

Job 8:12
"While it is still green and not cut down, Yet it withers before any other plant.

Isaiah 19:6
The canals will emit a stench, The streams of Egypt will thin out and dry up; The reeds and rushes will rot away.
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