Job 8:11
New International Version
Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh? Can reeds thrive without water?

New Living Translation
“Can papyrus reeds grow tall without a marsh? Can marsh grass flourish without water?

English Standard Version
“Can papyrus grow where there is no marsh? Can reeds flourish where there is no water?

Berean Study Bible
Does papyrus grow where there is no marsh? Do reeds flourish without water?

King James Bible
Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?

New King James Version
“Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh? Can the reeds flourish without water?

New American Standard Bible
“Can papyrus grow tall without a marsh? Can the rushes grow without water?

NASB 1995
“Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh? Can the rushes grow without water?

NASB 1977
“Can the papyrus grow up without marsh? Can the rushes grow without water?

Amplified Bible
“Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh? Can the rushes or reed grass grow without water?

Christian Standard Bible
Does papyrus grow where there is no marsh? Do reeds flourish without water?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Does papyrus grow where there is no marsh? Do reeds flourish without water?

American Standard Version
Can the rush grow up without mire? Can the flag grow without water?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Does a reed grow in a thirsty place or papyrus reed spring up where there is no water?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Does the rush flourish without water, or shall the flag grow up without moisture?

Contemporary English Version
Papyrus reeds grow healthy only in a swamp,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Can the rush be green without moisture? or a sedge-bush grow without water?

English Revised Version
Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?

Good News Translation
"Reeds can't grow where there is no water; they are never found outside a swamp.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Can papyrus grow up where there is no swamp? Can rushes grow tall without water?

International Standard Version
"Can papyrus grow where there's no marsh? Can reeds flourish without water?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Can the rush shoot up without mire? Can the reed-grass grow without water?

Literal Standard Version
Does a rush rise without a marsh? A reed increase without water?

NET Bible
Can the papyrus plant grow tall where there is no marsh? Can reeds flourish without water?

New Heart English Bible
"Can the papyrus grow up without mire? Can the rushes grow without water?

World English Bible
"Can the papyrus grow up without mire? Can the rushes grow without water?

Young's Literal Translation
'Doth a rush wise without mire? A reed increase without water?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Bildad: Job Should Repent
10Will they not teach you and tell you, and speak from their understanding? 11Does papyrus grow where there is no marsh? Do reeds flourish without water? 12While the shoots are still uncut, they dry up quicker than grass.…

Cross References
Genesis 41:2
when seven cows, sleek and well-fed, came up from the river and began to graze among the reeds.

Job 8:10
Will they not teach you and tell you, and speak from their understanding?

Job 8:12
While the shoots are still uncut, they dry up quicker than grass.

Isaiah 19:6
The canals will stink; the streams of Egypt will trickle and dry up; the reeds and rushes will wither.


Treasury of Scripture

Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?

the rush.

Exodus 2:3
And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink.

Isaiah 19:5-7
And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and dried up…









(11) The flag is the plant of Genesis 41:2, which the cattle feed upon. This figure is enforced by a second, that, namely, of the spider's web, the most fragile and transient of tenements.

Verse 11 - Can the rush grow up without mire? The word translated "rush" (גמא) is that which occurs also in Exodus if. 3: Isaiah 18:2 and Isaiah 35:7, as designating a plant common in Egypt, and which is only found in these four places. It is generally admitted that the "papyrus" is meant "a plant of the Cyperaceae or sedge family, which was formerly common in Egypt" (Hooker, in Smith's 'Dict. of the Bible,' vol. 3. p. 1019). The chief peculiarity of the papyrus is its triangular stem, which rises to the height of six or seven, sometimes even of thirteen or fourteen, feet, and terminates in a bunch of thread-like flowering branchlets. The pith of these stems was the material of which the ancient Egyptians made their paper. The papyrus is a water-plant, and needs an abundant supply, but would often spring up out of any small pool which the Nile left as it retired, and, when the water failed from the peel, would rapidly wither away. A fine papyrus plant was on view, with other water-plants, in the circular greenhouse in Kew Gardens, towards the end of the season of 1890. Can the flag grow without water "The flag" (אחוּ) seems to be the ordinary sedge, or marah-plant. Like the papyrus, it would often spring up in all its greenness from a pool or pond left by the retiring river, and then in a few days, when the water was dried up, would wither away. Both images represent the prosperity of the wicked, and were probably proverbial.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Does papyrus
גֹּ֭מֶא (gō·me)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1573: An absorbent, the bulrush, the papyrus

grow
הֲיִֽגְאֶה־ (hă·yiḡ·’eh-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1342: To mount up, to rise, be majestic

where there is no
בְּלֹ֣א (bə·lō)
Preposition-b | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

marsh?
בִצָּ֑ה (ḇiṣ·ṣāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 1207: A swamp

Do reeds
אָ֥חוּ (’ā·ḥū)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 260: A bulrush, any marshy grass

flourish
יִשְׂגֶּה־ (yiś·geh-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7685: To grow, increase

without
בְלִי־ (ḇə·lî-)
Adverb
Strong's 1097: Failure, nothing, destruction, without, not yet, because not, as long as

water?
מָֽיִם׃ (mā·yim)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 4325: Water, juice, urine, semen


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