Job 28:5
New International Version
The earth, from which food comes, is transformed below as by fire;

New Living Translation
Food is grown on the earth above, but down below, the earth is melted as by fire.

English Standard Version
As for the earth, out of it comes bread, but underneath it is turned up as by fire.

Berean Study Bible
Food may come from the earth, but from below it is transformed as by fire.

King James Bible
As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire.

New King James Version
As for the earth, from it comes bread, But underneath it is turned up as by fire;

New American Standard Bible
“From the earth comes food, And underneath, it is turned over like fire.

NASB 1995
“The earth, from it comes food, And underneath it is turned up as fire.

NASB 1977
“The earth, from it comes food, And underneath it is turned up as fire.

Amplified Bible
“[As for] the earth, out of it comes food, But underneath [its surface, down deep] it is turned over as fire.

Christian Standard Bible
Food may come from the earth, but below the surface the earth is transformed as by fire.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Food may come from the earth, but below the surface the earth is transformed as by fire.

American Standard Version
As for the earth, out of it cometh bread; And underneath it is turned up as it were by fire.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They lay bare the Earth from which food came forth, and under it is turned up as fire

Brenton Septuagint Translation
As for the earth, out of it shall come bread: under it has been turned up as it were fire.

Contemporary English Version
Far beneath the grain fields, fires are built to break loose those rocks

Douay-Rheims Bible
The land, out of which bread grew in its place, hath been overturned with fire.

English Revised Version
As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and underneath it is turned up as it were by fire.

Good News Translation
Food grows out of the earth, But underneath the same earth All is torn up and crushed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Above the ground food grows, but beneath it the food decays as if [it were burned] by fire.

International Standard Version
"While the ground produces food, underneath it is torn up and burning hot,

JPS Tanakh 1917
As for the earth, out of it cometh bread, And underneath it is turned up as it were by fire.

Literal Standard Version
The earth! Bread comes forth from it, And its under-part is turned like fire.

NET Bible
The earth, from which food comes, is overturned below as though by fire;

New Heart English Bible
As for the earth, out of it comes bread; Underneath it is turned up as it were by fire.

World English Bible
As for the earth, out of it comes bread; Underneath it is turned up as it were by fire.

Young's Literal Translation
The earth! from it cometh forth bread, And its under-part is turned like fire.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Where Can Wisdom Be Found?
4Far from human habitation he cuts a shaft in places forgotten by the foot of man. Far from men he dangles and sways. 5Food may come from the earth, but from below it is transformed as by fire. 6Its rocks are the source of sapphires, containing flecks of gold.…

Cross References
Job 28:4
Far from human habitation he cuts a shaft in places forgotten by the foot of man. Far from men he dangles and sways.

Job 28:6
Its rocks are the source of sapphires, containing flecks of gold.

Psalm 104:14
He makes the grass grow for the livestock and provides crops for man to cultivate, bringing forth food from the earth:


Treasury of Scripture

As for the earth, out of it comes bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire.

out of it

Genesis 1:11,12,29
And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so…

Psalm 104:14,15
He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; …

Isaiah 28:25-29
When he hath made plain the face thereof, doth he not cast abroad the fitches, and scatter the cummin, and cast in the principal wheat and the appointed barley and the rie in their place? …

fire

Ezekiel 28:13,14
Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created…









(5) As for the earth . . .--While the ploughman and the reaper till and gather the fruits of the earth on its surface, the miner far below maintains perpetual fires, as also does the volcanic mountain, with its fields and vineyards luxuriant and fertile on its sides.

Verse 5. - As for the earth, out of it cometh bread. Man's cleverness is such that he turns the earth to various uses. By tillage of its surface he causes it to produce the staff of life, bread: and by his mining operations the under part of it is turned up as fire, or rather, as by fire. Fire was used in some of the processes whereby masses of material were detached and forced to yield their treasures (see Pliny, 'Hist. Nat.,' 33:4. § 73).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Food
לָ֑חֶם (lā·ḥem)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3899: Food, bread, grain

may come
יֵֽצֵא־ (yê·ṣê-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

from
מִמֶּ֥נָּה (mim·men·nāh)
Preposition | third person feminine singular
Strong's 4480: A part of, from, out of

the earth,
אֶ֗רֶץ (’e·reṣ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 776: Earth, land

but from below
וְ֝תַחְתֶּ֗יהָ (wə·ṯaḥ·te·hā)
Conjunctive waw | Preposition | third person feminine singular
Strong's 8478: The bottom, below, in lieu of

it is transformed
נֶהְפַּ֥ךְ (neh·paḵ)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2015: To turn about, over, to change, overturn, return, pervert

as
כְּמוֹ־ (kə·mōw-)
Preposition
Strong's 3644: Like, as, when

by fire.
אֵֽשׁ׃ (’êš)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 784: A fire


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