Job 5:25
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New International Version
You will know that your children will be many, and your descendants like the grass of the earth.

New Living Translation
You will have many children; your descendants will be as plentiful as grass!

English Standard Version
You shall know also that your offspring shall be many, and your descendants as the grass of the earth.

Berean Study Bible
You will know that your offspring will be many, and your descendants will be like the grass of the earth.

New American Standard Bible
"You will know also that your descendants will be many, And your offspring as the grass of the earth.

King James Bible
Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, and thine offspring as the grass of the earth.

Christian Standard Bible
You will also know that your offspring will be many and your descendants like the grass of the earth.

Contemporary English Version
You will have more descendants than there are blades of grass on the face of the earth.

Good News Translation
You will have as many children as there are blades of grass in a pasture.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You will also know that your offspring will be many and your descendants like the grass of the earth.

International Standard Version
You'll know that you'll have many children; and that your offspring will be like the grass of the earth.

NET Bible
You will also know that your children will be numerous, and your descendants like the grass of the earth.

New Heart English Bible
You shall know also that your descendants shall be great, and your offspring as the grass of the earth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"You will find that your children are many and your descendants are like the grass of the earth.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, And thine offspring as the grass of the earth.

New American Standard 1977
“You will know also that your descendants will be many, And your offspring as the grass of the earth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou shalt know that thy seed is great and thine offspring as the grass of the earth.

King James 2000 Bible
You shall know also that your descendants shall be many, and your offspring as the grass of the earth.

American King James Version
You shall know also that your seed shall be great, and your offspring as the grass of the earth.

American Standard Version
Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, And thine offspring as the grass of the earth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be multiplied, and thy offspring like the grass of the earth.

Darby Bible Translation
And thou shalt know that thy seed is numerous, and thine offspring as the herb of the earth.

English Revised Version
Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great, and thine offspring as the grass of the earth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou shalt know also that thy seed will be great, and thy offspring as the grass of the earth.

World English Bible
You shall know also that your seed shall be great, Your offspring as the grass of the earth.

Young's Literal Translation
And hast known that numerous is Thy seed, And thine offspring as the herb of the earth;
Study Bible
Eliphaz Continues: God Blesses those who Seek Him
24You will know that your tent is secure, and find nothing amiss when inspecting your home. 25You will know that your offspring will be many, and your descendants will be like the grass of the earth. 26You will come to the grave in full vigor, like a sheaf of grain gathered in season.…
Cross References
Psalm 72:16
May there be an abundance of grain in the land; may it sway atop the hills. May its fruit trees flourish like the forests of Lebanon, and its people like the grass of the field.

Psalm 112:2
His descendants will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.

Isaiah 44:3
For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and currents on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring.

Isaiah 44:4
They will sprout among the grass like poplars by flowing streams.

Isaiah 48:19
Your descendants would have been as countless as the sand, and your offspring as its grains; their name would never be cut off or eliminated from My presence."

Treasury of Scripture

You shall know also that your seed shall be great, and your offspring as the grass of the earth.

thy seed.

Job 42:13-16 He had also seven sons and three daughters…

Genesis 15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, …

Leviticus 26:9 For I will have respect to you, and make you fruitful, and multiply …

Deuteronomy 28:4 Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your ground, …

Psalm 112:2 His seed shall be mighty on earth: the generation of the upright …

Psalm 127:3-5 See, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb …

Psalm 128:3-6 Your wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of your house: …

great. or, much. as the grass.

Psalm 72:16 There shall be an handful of corn in the earth on the top of the …







(25) Great.--The word means also numerous, which seems to suit the parallelism better here. The whole description is a very beautiful and poetical one of the perfect security of faith, though it is to a certain extent vitiated by its want of strict correspondence with facts, of which the very case of Job was a crucial instance. This was the special problem with which his friends had to deal, and which proved too hard for them. May we not learn that the problem is one that can only be solved in practice and not in theory?

Verse 25. - Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great. Little by little Eliphaz passes from a general description of the blessedness of those faithful ones who "despise not the chastening of the Almighty" (ver. 17) to a series of allusions which seem specially to touch Job's case. Without claiming prophetical inspiration, he ventures to promise him in the future "the exact reverse of all that he had experienced" in the past - "a safe home, flocks untouched, a happy and prosperous family, a peaceful old age" (Cook). The promises may have sounded in Job's ears as "a mockery" (ibid.); but it is creditable to the sagacity of Eliphaz that he ventured to make them. And thine offspring as the grass of the earth. The ordinary symbols for multitudinous-ness - the sand of the sea, and the stars of heaven - are here superseded by an entirely new one, "the grass of the earth." Undoubtedly it is equally appropriate, and perhaps more natural in a pastoral community. Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great,.... Not his seed sown in the earth, and the increase of that, but his children, as the next clause explains it, as Bar Tzemach well observes; and designs either their greatness in worldly things, in wealth and riches, in honour and dignity, in power and authority, or else their numbers; for the word may be rendered "much" or "many" (n), a multitude of children being reckoned a great temporal blessing; but this seems rather intended in the following words:

and thine offspring as the grass of the earth; as numerous as the spires of grass, which can no more be told than the stars of the heavens, or the sand of the sea, by which the same thing, a numerous progeny, is sometimes illustrated: this is to be understood not of his immediate offspring, but his descendants in successive ages and generations, and which should be as beautiful as the grass of the earth when in its verdure; pointing at the comeliness of their persons, their honour and dignity raised unto, the largeness of their substance, the greatness of their prosperity, and flourishing circumstances they should be in; though it may also denote the original of them, amidst all, being of the earth and earthy, and their frailty and fading condition; for which reason all flesh is said to be as grass, and men are frequently compared unto it, see Psalm 90:5.

(n) "multum", Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus, Mercerus, Piscator, Schmidt, Michaelis. 25. as the grass—(Ps 72:16). Properly, "herb-bearing seed" (Ge 1:11, 12).5:17-27 Eliphaz gives to Job a word of caution and exhortation: Despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty. Call it a chastening, which comes from the Father's love, and is for the child's good; and notice it as a messenger from Heaven. Eliphaz also encourages Job to submit to his condition. A good man is happy though he be afflicted, for he has not lost his enjoyment of God, nor his title to heaven; nay, he is happy because he is afflicted. Correction mortifies his corruptions, weans his heart from the world, draws him nearer to God, brings him to his Bible, brings him to his knees. Though God wounds, yet he supports his people under afflictions, and in due time delivers them. Making a wound is sometimes part of a cure. Eliphaz gives Job precious promises of what God would do for him, if he humbled himself. Whatever troubles good men may be in, they shall do them no real harm. Being kept from sin, they are kept from the evil of trouble. And if the servants of Christ are not delivered from outward troubles, they are delivered by them, and while overcome by one trouble, they conquer all. Whatever is maliciously said against them shall not hurt them. They shall have wisdom and grace to manage their concerns. The greatest blessing, both in our employments and in our enjoyments, is to be kept from sin. They shall finish their course with joy and honour. That man lives long enough who has done his work, and is fit for another world. It is a mercy to die seasonably, as the corn is cut and housed when fully ripe; not till then, but then not suffered to stand any longer. Our times are in God's hands; it is well they are so. Believers are not to expect great wealth, long life, or to be free from trials. But all will be ordered for the best. And remark from Job's history, that steadiness of mind and heart under trial, is one of the highest attainments of faith. There is little exercise for faith when all things go well. But if God raises a storm, permits the enemy to send wave after wave, and seemingly stands aloof from our prayers, then, still to hang on and trust God, when we cannot trace him, this is the patience of the saints. Blessed Saviour! how sweet it is to look unto thee, the Author and Finisher of faith, in such moments!
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