Proverbs 27:25
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New International Version
When the hay is removed and new growth appears and the grass from the hills is gathered in,

New Living Translation
After the hay is harvested and the new crop appears and the mountain grasses are gathered in,

English Standard Version
When the grass is gone and the new growth appears and the vegetation of the mountains is gathered,

New American Standard Bible
When the grass disappears, the new growth is seen, And the herbs of the mountains are gathered in,

King James Bible
The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When hay is removed and new growth appears and the grain from the hills is gathered in,

International Standard Version
When the grass disappears, and new growth appears, the mountain spices will be harvested,

NET Bible
When the hay is removed and new grass appears, and the grass from the hills is gathered in,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Grass sprouts and new grass appears, and the green herb is gathered from the mountains.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[When] grass is cut short, the tender growth appears, and vegetables are gathered on the hills.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The tender grass shows itself, and the hay appears, and the herbs of the mountains are reaped.

King James 2000 Bible
The hay appears, and the tender grass shows itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.

American King James Version
The hay appears, and the tender grass shows itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.

American Standard Version
The hay is carried, and the tender grass showeth itself, And the herbs of the mountains are gathered in.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The meadows are open, and the green herbs have appeared, and the hay is gathered out of the mountains.

Darby Bible Translation
The hay is removed, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered in.

English Revised Version
The hay is carried, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and the herbs of the mountains are gathered in.

Webster's Bible Translation
The plant appeareth, and the tender grass showeth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.

World English Bible
The hay is removed, and the new growth appears, the grasses of the hills are gathered in.

Young's Literal Translation
Revealed was the hay, and seen the tender grass, And gathered the herbs of mountains.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

27:15,16. The contentions of a neighbour may be like a sharp shower, troublesome for a time; the contentions of a wife are like constant rain. 17. We are cautioned to take heed whom we converse with. And directed to have in view, in conversation, to make one another wiser and better. 18. Though a calling be laborious and despised, yet those who keep to it, will find there is something to be got by it. God is a Master who has engaged to honour those who serve him faithfully. 19. One corrupt heart is like another; so are sanctified hearts: the former bear the same image of the earthly, the latter the same image of the heavenly. Let us carefully watch our own hearts, comparing them with the word of God. 20. Two things are here said to be never satisfied, death and sin. The appetites of the carnal mind for profit or pleasure are always desiring more. Those whose eyes are ever toward the Lord, are satisfied in him, and shall for ever be so. 21. Silver and gold are tried by putting them into the furnace and fining-pot; so is a man tried by praising him. 22. Some are so bad, that even severe methods do not answer the end; what remains but that they should be rejected? The new-creating power of God's grace alone is able to make a change. 23-27. We ought to have some business to do in this world, and not to live in idleness, and not to meddle with what we do not understand. We must be diligent and take pains. Let us do what we can, still the world cannot be secured to us, therefore we must choose a more lasting portion; but by the blessing of God upon our honest labours, we may expect to enjoy as much of earthly blessings as is good for us.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 25. - As ver. 23 commended the rearing of cattle, and ver. 24 supported the injunction by showing its comparative permanence, so this and the following verses discuss the material advantages of such occupation. The hay appeareth; rather, the grass passeth away, is cut and carried. This is the first stage in the agricultural operations described. And the tender grass showeth itself; the aftermath appears. And the herbs of the mountain are gathered; the fodder from off the hills is cut and stored. All these verbs are best taken hypothetically, the following verses forming the apodosis. When all these operations are complete, then crone the results in plenty and comfort. Septuagint, "Have a care of the herbage (χλωρῶν) in the plain, and thou shalt cut grass, and gather thou the mountain hay."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The hay appeareth, and the tender grass showeth itself,.... Some think this is mentioned to illustrate the uncertainty of riches, which soon vanish away; as the tender grass shows itself, and is presently cut down and quickly appears hay, and that soon consumed; but rather this contains an argument to take to the pastoral life and calling, since it may be performed with so much ease; for the earth, the valleys and hills, are covered with grass for the cattle; so that there is no further trouble than to drive the flocks into the pastures, and feed them there; or to cut down the grass, and make hay of it, and lay it up against the winter for fodder for them. The first clause, I think, may be rendered, "the hay removes" (u), or is carried off; the grass being fit to cut, is mowed and made hay of, and that is carried off and laid up for the winter: "and the tender grass showeth itself"; springs up after the hay is carried off and so makes a second crop; or, however, becomes good pasture for cattle to feed on;

and herbs of the mountains are gathered; for the present use of the cattle; or being made hay of, are laid up for future use; or are gathered for medicine; many of this kind grow on mountains.

(u) "migrat", Cocceius; "cum migraverit", Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

25-27. The fact that providential arrangements furnish the means of competence to those who properly use them is another motive to diligence (compare Ps 65:9-13).

The hay appeareth—literally, "Grass appeareth" (Job 40:15; Ps 104:14).

Proverbs 27:25 Additional Commentaries
Context
Do Not Boast about Tomorrow
24For riches are not forever, Nor does a crown endure to all generations. 25When the grass disappears, the new growth is seen, And the herbs of the mountains are gathered in, 26The lambs will be for your clothing, And the goats will bring the price of a field,…
Cross References
Proverbs 27:26
the lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats with the price of a field.

Isaiah 17:5
It will be as when reapers harvest the standing grain, gathering the grain in their arms-- as when someone gleans heads of grain in the Valley of Rephaim.

Jeremiah 40:10
I myself will stay at Mizpah to represent you before the Babylonians who come to us, but you are to harvest the wine, summer fruit and olive oil, and put them in your storage jars, and live in the towns you have taken over."

Jeremiah 40:12
they all came back to the land of Judah, to Gedaliah at Mizpah, from all the countries where they had been scattered. And they harvested an abundance of wine and summer fruit.
Treasury of Scripture

The hay appears, and the tender grass shows itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.

hay or herbage

Proverbs 10:5 He that gathers in summer is a wise son: but he that sleeps in harvest …

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

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