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"if my land cries out against me and all its furrows are wet with tears,
King James Bible
If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain;
American Standard Version
If my land crieth out against me, And the furrows thereof weep together;
Young's Literal Translation
If against me my land doth cry out, And together its furrows weep,
Job 31:38 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If my land cry - The most careless reader may see that the introduction of this and the two following verses here, disturbs the connection, and that they are most evidently out of their place. Job seems here to refer to that law, Leviticus 25:1-7, by which the Israelites were obliged to give the land rest every seventh year, that the soil might not be too much exhausted by perpetual cultivation, especially in a country which afforded so few advantages to improve the arable ground by manure. He, conscious that he had acted according to this law, states that his land could not cry out against him, nor its furrows complain. He had not broken the law, nor exhausted the soil.
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Job 20:27 The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him.
Habakkuk 2:11 For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.
James 5:4 Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, cries...
complain. Heb. weep
Psalm 65:13 The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.
Job 31:38 Parallel CommentariesComplain Cried Cries Crieth Cry Earth Furrows Likewise Outcry Ploughed Sorrow Tears Thereof Together Weep Wept WetComplain Cried Cries Crieth Cry Earth Furrows Likewise Outcry Ploughed Sorrow Tears Thereof Together Weep Wept WetTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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James 5:4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.
Job 24:2 There are those who move boundary stones; they pasture flocks they have stolen.