Job 31:38
New International Version
"if my land cries out against me and all its furrows are wet with tears,

New Living Translation
“If my land accuses me and all its furrows cry out together,

English Standard Version
“If my land has cried out against me and its furrows have wept together,

Berean Study Bible
if my land cries out against me and its furrows weep together,

King James Bible
If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain;

New King James Version
“If my land cries out against me, And its furrows weep together;

New American Standard Bible
“If my land cries out against me, And its furrows weep together;

NASB 1995
"If my land cries out against me, And its furrows weep together;

NASB 1977
“If my land cries out against me, And its furrows weep together;

Amplified Bible
“For if my land has cried out against me, And its furrows weep together;

Christian Standard Bible
If my land cries out against me and its furrows join in weeping,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If my land cries out against me and its furrows join in weeping,

American Standard Version
If my land crieth out against me, And the furrows thereof weep together;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the Earth will wail over me and its furrows will weep as one

Brenton Septuagint Translation
If at any time the land groaned against me, and if its furrows mourned together;

Contemporary English Version
I have never mistreated the land I farmed and made it mourn.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If my land cry against me, and with it the furrows thereof mourn:

English Revised Version
If my land cry out against me, and the furrows thereof weep together;

Good News Translation
If I have stolen the land I farm and taken it from its rightful owners--

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"If my land has cried out against me, and its furrows have wept....

International Standard Version
"If my land were to cry out against me or if all its furrows wept as one,

JPS Tanakh 1917
If my land cry out against me, And the furrows thereof weep together;

Literal Standard Version
If my land cries out against me, "" And together its furrows weep,

NET Bible
"If my land cried out against me and all its furrows wept together,

New Heart English Bible
If my land cries out against me, and its furrows weep together;

World English Bible
If my land cries out against me, and its furrows weep together;

Young's Literal Translation
If against me my land doth cry out, And together its furrows weep,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job's Final Appeal
37I would give account of all my steps; I would approach Him like a prince.)— 38if my land cries out against me and its furrows weep together, 39if I have devoured its produce without payment or broken the spirit of its tenants,…

Cross References
James 5:4
Look, the wages you withheld from the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of Hosts.

Job 24:2
Men move boundary stones; they pasture stolen flocks.


Treasury of Scripture

If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain;

cry

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 labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.

complain.

Psalm 65:13
The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.









(38) Or that the furrows likewise thereof complain.--Rather, Or if the furrows thereof weep together--a strong impersonation to express the consequence of oppression and wrong-doing. It is to be observed that throughout this defence Job has far more than traversed the indictment of his friends. He has shown that he has not only not broken the moral law, as they insinuated, but, much more, has shown himself exemplary in all the relations of life, so that, according to the narrator of the history, he was not only one that feared God and eschewed evil (Job 1:1), but also was perfect, i.e., of sincere and consistent conduct and upright.

Verses 38-40. - It is generally supposed that these verses, with the exception of the last clause of ver. 40, are misplaced. As a termination, they form an anti-climax, and greatly weaken the peroration. Their proper place would seem to be between vers. 32 and 33. Verse 38. - If my land cry against me; i.e. if my land disclaim my ownership, as having been acquired by wrong or robbery. If the furrows likewise thereof complain; or, weep, as having been torn from their rightful proprietors, and seized by a stranger. The apodosis is in ver. 40.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
If
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

my land
אַדְמָתִ֣י (’aḏ·mā·ṯî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 127: Ground, land

cries out
תִזְעָ֑ק (ṯiz·‘āq)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 2199: To shriek, to announce, convene publicly

against me
עָ֭לַי (‘ā·lay)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

and its furrows
תְּלָמֶ֥יהָ (tə·lā·me·hā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 8525: A bank, terrace

weep
יִבְכָּיֽוּן׃ (yiḇ·kā·yūn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | Paragogic nun
Strong's 1058: To weep, to bemoan

together,
וְ֝יַ֗חַד (wə·ya·ḥaḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's 3162: A unit, unitedly


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