New American Standard Bible
"His roots are dried below, And his branch is cut off above.
King James Bible
His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off.
Darby Bible Translation
His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off;
World English Bible
His roots shall be dried up beneath. Above shall his branch be cut off.
Young's Literal Translation
From beneath his roots are dried up, And from above cut off is his crop.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
His roots shall be dried up - Another image of complete desolation - where he is compared to a tree that is dead - a figure whose meaning is obvious, and which often occurs; see Job 15:30, note; Job 8:12-13, notes.
Above his branch - Perhaps referring to his children or family. All shall be swept away - an allusion which Job could not well hesitate to apply to himself.
LibraryThe Difference Between the Two Testaments.
1. Five points of difference between the Old and the New Testaments. These belong to the mode of administration rather than the substance. First difference. In the Old Testament the heavenly inheritance is exhibited under temporal blessings; in the New, aids of this description are not employed. 2. Proof of this first difference from the simile of an heir in pupillarity, as in Gal. 4:1. 3. This the reason why the Patriarchs, under the Law, set a higher value on this life and the blessings of it, …
John Calvin—The Institutes of the Christian Religion
A Few Sighs from Hell;
"He will not escape from darkness; The flame will wither his shoots, And by the breath of His mouth he will go away.
"It will be accomplished before his time, And his palm branch will not be green.
Therefore, as a tongue of fire consumes stubble And dry grass collapses into the flame, So their root will become like rot and their blossom blow away as dust; For they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
"You will not be united with them in burial, Because you have ruined your country, You have slain your people. May the offspring of evildoers not be mentioned forever.
Ephraim is stricken, their root is dried up, They will bear no fruit. Even though they bear children, I will slay the precious ones of their womb.
"Yet it was I who destroyed the Amorite before them, Though his height was like the height of cedars And he was strong as the oaks; I even destroyed his fruit above and his root below.
"For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze," says the LORD of hosts, "so that it will leave them neither root nor branch."
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