Job 12:8
New International Version
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you.

New Living Translation
Speak to the earth, and it will instruct you. Let the fish in the sea speak to you.

English Standard Version
or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you.

Berean Study Bible
Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; let the fish of the sea inform you.

King James Bible
Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.

New King James Version
Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; And the fish of the sea will explain to you.

New American Standard Bible
“Or speak to the earth, and have it teach you; And have the fish of the sea tell you.

NASB 1995
“Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; And let the fish of the sea declare to you.

NASB 1977
“Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; And let the fish of the sea declare to you.

Amplified Bible
Or speak to the earth [with its many forms of life], and it will teach you; And let the fish of the sea declare [this truth] to you.

Christian Standard Bible
Or speak to the earth, and it will instruct you; let the fish of the sea inform you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Or speak to the earth, and it will instruct you; let the fish of the sea inform you.

American Standard Version
Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee; And the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Or tell the earth and it will teach you and the fish of the sea will tell you

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Tell the earth, if it may speak to thee: and the fishes of the sea shall explain to thee.

Contemporary English Version
the flowers and the fish.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Speak to the earth, and it shall answer thee: and the fishes of the sea shall tell.

English Revised Version
Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee; and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.

Good News Translation
ask the creatures of earth and sea for their wisdom.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Or speak with the earth, and it will teach you. Even the fish will relate [the story] to you.

International Standard Version
Or ask the green plants of the earth and they'll teach you; let the fish in the sea tell you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee; And the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee;

Literal Standard Version
Or talk to the earth, and it shows you, And fishes of the sea recount to you:

NET Bible
Or speak to the earth and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea declare to you.

New Heart English Bible
Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach you. The fish of the sea shall declare to you.

World English Bible
Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach you. The fish of the sea shall declare to you.

Young's Literal Translation
Or talk to the earth, and it sheweth thee, And fishes of the sea recount to thee:

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Responds to Zophar
7But ask the animals, and they will instruct you; ask the birds of the air, and they will tell you. 8Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; let the fish of the sea inform you. 9Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this?…

Cross References
Job 12:7
But ask the animals, and they will instruct you; ask the birds of the air, and they will tell you.

Job 12:9
Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this?


Treasury of Scripture

Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach you: and the fishes of the sea shall declare to you.









Verse 8. - Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee. If the material earth be intended, the appeal must be to its orderly course, its summers and winters, its seedtime and harvest, its former and latter rains, its constant productivity, which, no less than animal instincts, speak of a single ruling power directing and ordering all things. If the creeping things of the earth, the reptile creation, be meant, then the argument is merely an expansion of that in the preceding verse. The instincts of reptiles are to be ascribed, no less than those of beasts and birds, to the constant superintending action and providence of the Almighty. And the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. The testimony will be unanimous - beasts, birds, reptiles, and fishes will unite in it.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Or
א֤וֹ (’ōw)
Conjunction
Strong's 176: Desire, if

speak
שִׂ֣יחַ (śî·aḥ)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 7878: To muse, complain, talk (of)

to the earth,
לָאָ֣רֶץ (lā·’ā·reṣ)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 776: Earth, land

and it will teach you;
וְתֹרֶ֑ךָּ (wə·ṯō·re·kā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive imperfect - third person feminine singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's 3384: To flow as water, to lay, throw, to point out, to teach

let the fish
דְּגֵ֣י (də·ḡê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 1709: A fish

of the sea
הַיָּֽם׃ (hay·yām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3220: A sea, the Mediterranean Sea, large river, an artifical basin

inform
וִֽיסַפְּר֥וּ (wî·sap·pə·rū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 5608: To count, recount, relate

you.
לְ֝ךָ֗ (lə·ḵā)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew


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