Genesis 29:7
New International Version
“Look,” he said, “the sun is still high; it is not time for the flocks to be gathered. Water the sheep and take them back to pasture.”

New Living Translation
Jacob said, “Look, it’s still broad daylight—too early to round up the animals. Why don’t you water the sheep and goats so they can get back out to pasture?”

English Standard Version
He said, “Behold, it is still high day; it is not time for the livestock to be gathered together. Water the sheep and go, pasture them.”

Berean Study Bible
“Look,” said Jacob, “it is still broad daylight; it is not yet time to gather the livestock. Water the sheep and take them back to pasture.”

King James Bible
And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep, and go and feed them.

New King James Version
Then he said, “Look, it is still high day; it is not time for the cattle to be gathered together. Water the sheep, and go and feed them.

New American Standard Bible
Then he said, “Look, it is still high day; it is not time for the livestock to be gathered. Water the sheep, and go, pasture them.”

NASB 1995
He said, “Behold, it is still high day; it is not time for the livestock to be gathered. Water the sheep, and go, pasture them.”

NASB 1977
And he said, “Behold, it is still high day; it is not time for the livestock to be gathered. Water the sheep, and go, pasture them.”

Amplified Bible
Jacob said, “Look, the sun is still high [overhead]; it is a long time before the flocks need to be gathered [in their folds for the night]. Water the sheep, and go, and return them to their pasture.”

Christian Standard Bible
Then Jacob said, “Look, it is still broad daylight. It’s not time for the animals to be gathered. Water the flock, then go out and let them graze.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Jacob said, “Look, it is still broad daylight. It’s not time for the animals to be gathered. Water the flock, then go out and let them graze.”

American Standard Version
And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together. Water ye the sheep, and go and feed them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yaquuv said to them, “See, daylight still remains; it is not time to gather the cattle; water the sheep and go feed them.”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Jacob said, it is yet high day, it is not yet time that the flocks be gathered together; water ye the flocks, and depart and feed them.

Contemporary English Version
Jacob told them, "Look, the sun is still high up in the sky, and it's too early to bring in the rest of the flocks. Water your sheep and take them back to the pasture."

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Jacob said: There is yet much day remaining, neither is it time to bring the flocks into the folds again: first give the sheep drink, and so lead them back to feed.

English Revised Version
And he said, Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep, and go and feed them.

Good News Translation
Jacob said, "Since it is still broad daylight and not yet time to bring the flocks in, why don't you water them and take them back to pasture?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"It's still the middle of the day," he said. "It isn't time yet to gather the livestock. Water the sheep. Then let them graze."

International Standard Version
"Look!" Jacob replied. "The sun is still high. It's not yet time for the flocks to be gathered. Let's water the sheep, then let them graze."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he said: 'Lo, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together; water ye the sheep, and go and feed them.'

Literal Standard Version
And he says, “Behold, the day [is] still great, [it is] not time for the livestock to be gathered; water the flock, and go, delight yourselves.”

NET Bible
Then Jacob said, "Since it is still the middle of the day, it is not time for the flocks to be gathered. You should water the sheep and then go and let them graze some more."

New Heart English Bible
He said, "Look, it is still the middle of the day, not time to gather the livestock together. Water the sheep, and go, pasture them."

World English Bible
He said, "Behold, it is still the middle of the day, not time to gather the livestock together. Water the sheep, and go and feed them."

Young's Literal Translation
And he saith, 'Lo, the day is still great, it is not time for the cattle to be gathered; water ye the flock, and go, delight yourselves.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Jacob Meets Rachel
6“Is he well?” Jacob inquired. “Yes,” they answered, “and here comes his daughter Rachel with his sheep.” 7“Look,” said Jacob, “it is still broad daylight; it is not yet time to gather the livestock. Water the sheep and take them back to pasture.” 8But they replied, “We cannot, until all the flocks have been gathered and the stone has been rolled away from the mouth of the well. Then we will water the sheep.”…

Cross References
Genesis 29:6
"Is he well?" Jacob inquired. "Yes," they answered, "and here comes his daughter Rachel with his sheep."

Genesis 29:8
But they replied, "We cannot, until all the flocks have been gathered and the stone has been rolled away from the mouth of the well. Then we will water the sheep."


Treasury of Scripture

And he said, See, it is yet high day, neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together: water you the sheep, and go and feed them.

Lo.

Galatians 6:9,10
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not…

Ephesians 5:16
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

it is yet high day.









(7) Neither is it time that the cattle should be gathered together.--Rather, neither is it time for folding the cattle. As there were still several hours of daylight, Jacob is surprised that they do not immediately upon their arrival give the sheep water, and drive them back to the pasture. But if the well belonged to Laban, their reason for waiting till Rachel came is plain.

Verse 7. - And he said, Lo, it is yet high day (literally, the day is yet great, i.e. much of it still remains), neither is it time that the cattle should he gathered together (i.e. to shut them up for the night): water ye the sheep, and go and feed them - being desirous to get the shepherds away from the well that he might meet Rachel alone (Keil, Lange, Murphy), though perhaps his words with as much correctness may be traced to that prudent and industrious habit of mind which afterwards shone forth so conspicuously in himself, and which instinctively caused him to frown upon laziness and inactivity (Starke, Kalisch, Bush).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
“Look,”
הֵ֥ן (hên)
Interjection
Strong's 2005: Lo! behold!

said Jacob,
וַיֹּ֗אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

“it is still
עוֹד֙ (‘ō·wḏ)
Adverb
Strong's 5750: Iteration, continuance, again, repeatedly, still, more

broad
גָּד֔וֹל (gā·ḏō·wl)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 1419: Great, older, insolent

daylight;
הַיּ֣וֹם (hay·yō·wm)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3117: A day

it is not yet
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

time
עֵ֖ת (‘êṯ)
Noun - common singular construct
Strong's 6256: Time, now, when

to gather
הֵאָסֵ֣ף (hê·’ā·sêp̄)
Verb - Nifal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 622: To gather for, any purpose, to receive, take away, remove

the livestock.
הַמִּקְנֶ֑ה (ham·miq·neh)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4735: Something bought, property, livestock, acquisition

Water
הַשְׁק֥וּ (haš·qū)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's 8248: To quaff, to irrigate, furnish a, potion to

the sheep
הַצֹּ֖אן (haṣ·ṣōn)
Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's 6629: Small cattle, sheep and goats, flock

and take them back
וּלְכ֥וּ (ū·lə·ḵū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

to pasture.”
רְעֽוּ׃ (rə·‘ū)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's 7462: To tend a, flock, pasture it, in, to graze, to rule, to associate with


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