Job 8:16
New International Version
They are like a well-watered plant in the sunshine, spreading its shoots over the garden;

New Living Translation
The godless seem like a lush plant growing in the sunshine, its branches spreading across the garden.

English Standard Version
He is a lush plant before the sun, and his shoots spread over his garden.

Berean Study Bible
He is a well-watered plant in the sunshine, spreading its shoots over the garden.

New American Standard Bible
"He thrives before the sun, And his shoots spread out over his garden.

King James Bible
He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden.

Christian Standard Bible
He is a well-watered plant in the sunshine; his shoots spread out over his garden.

Contemporary English Version
Sinful people are like plants with spreading roots and plenty of sun and water.

Good News Translation
Evil people sprout like weeds in the sun, like weeds that spread all through the garden.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He is a well-watered plant in the sunshine; his shoots spread out over his garden.

International Standard Version
He is a fresh sapling planted in the sunlight, spreading out its branches over its garden.

NET Bible
He is a well-watered plant in the sun, its shoots spread over its garden.

New Heart English Bible
He is green before the sun. His shoots go forth over his garden.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He is like a well-watered plant in the sunshine. The shoots spread over his garden.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He is green before the sun, And his shoots go forth over his garden.

New American Standard 1977
“He thrives before the sun, And his shoots spread out over his garden.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Like a tree, he is green before the sun, and his branches go forth over his garden;

King James 2000 Bible
He grows green in the sun, and his branch shoots forth in his garden.

American King James Version
He is green before the sun, and his branch shoots forth in his garden.

American Standard Version
He is green before the sun, And his shoots go forth over his garden.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He seemeth to have moisture before the sun cometh, and at his rising his blossom shall shoot forth.

Darby Bible Translation
He is full of sap before the sun, and his sprout shooteth forth over his garden;

English Revised Version
He is green before the sun, and his shoots go forth over his garden.

Webster's Bible Translation
He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden.

World English Bible
He is green before the sun. His shoots go forth over his garden.

Young's Literal Translation
Green he is before the sun, And over his garden his branch goeth out.
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
Bildad: Job Should Repent
15He leans on his web, but it gives way; he holds fast, but it does not endure. 16He is a well-watered plant in the sunshine, spreading its shoots over the garden. 17His roots wrap around the rock heap; he looks for a home among the stones.…
Cross References
Job 8:17
His roots wrap around the rock heap; he looks for a home among the stones.

Psalm 37:35
I have seen a wicked, ruthless man flourishing like a well-rooted native tree,

Psalm 80:11
It sent out its branches to the Sea, and its shoots toward the River.

Jeremiah 11:16
The LORD once called you a flourishing olive tree, beautiful with well-formed fruit. But with a mighty roar He will set fire to it, and its branches will be consumed.

Treasury of Scripture

He is green before the sun, and his branch shoots forth in his garden.

green

Job 21:7-15 Why do the wicked live, become old, yes, are mighty in power…

Psalm 37:35,36 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like …

Psalm 73:3-12 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked…

his branch

Job 5:3 I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.







Lexicon
He
ה֭וּא (hū)
Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

is a well-watered plant
רָטֹ֣ב (rā·ṭōḇ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7373: Moist, juicy, fresh

in
לִפְנֵי־ (lip̄·nê-)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

the sunshine,
שָׁ֑מֶשׁ (šā·meš)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 8121: The sun, the east, a ray, a notched battlement

spreading
תֵצֵֽא׃ (ṯê·ṣê)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

its shoots
יֹֽנַקְתּ֥וֹ (yō·naq·tōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3127: A young shoot, twig

over
וְעַ֥ל (wə·‘al)
Conjunctive waw | Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the garden.
גַּ֝נָּת֗וֹ (gan·nā·ṯōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1593: A garden
(16) He is green.--Here begins, as we understand it, another and an opposite picture, which fact is marked in the Hebrew by an emphatic pronoun. "Green is he (see Job 8:6) before the sun, &c., quite unlike the watery paper-plant. This man is verdant and luxuriant, not in the midst of moisture, but even before the sun." There is not the same promise of verdure, but a greater realisation of it.

Verse 16. - He is green before the sun. Bildad here introduces a third and more elaborate simile. The hypocrite, or ungodly man (ver. 13), is as a gourd (Jonah 4:6), or other rapidly growing plant, which shoots forth at sunrise with a wealth of greenery, spreading itself over a whole garden, and even sending forth its sprays and tendrils beyond it (comp. Genesis 49:22) - lovely to look at, and full, apparently, of life and vigour. And his branch shooteth forth in his garden; rather, over his garden, or beyond his, garden. 8:8-19 Bildad discourses well of hypocrites and evil-doers, and the fatal end of all their hopes and joys. He proves this truth of the destruction of the hopes and joys of hypocrites, by an appeal to former times. Bildad refers to the testimony of the ancients. Those teach best that utter words out of their heart, that speak from an experience of spiritual and divine things. A rush growing in fenny ground, looking very green, but withering in dry weather, represents the hypocrite's profession, which is maintained only in times of prosperity. The spider's web, spun with great skill, but easily swept away, represents a man's pretensions to religion when without the grace of God in his heart. A formal professor flatters himself in his own eyes, doubts not of his salvation, is secure, and cheats the world with his vain confidences. The flourishing of the tree, planted in the garden, striking root to the rock, yet after a time cut down and thrown aside, represents wicked men, when most firmly established, suddenly thrown down and forgotten. This doctrine of the vanity of a hypocrite's confidence, or the prosperity of a wicked man, is sound; but it was not applicable to the case of Job, if confined to the present world.
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