New International Version
While still growing and uncut, they wither more quickly than grass.
King James Bible
Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb.
Darby Bible Translation
Whilst it is yet in its greenness [and] not cut down, it withereth before any [other] grass.
World English Bible
While it is yet in its greenness, not cut down, it withers before any other reed.
Young's Literal Translation
While it is in its budding -- uncropped, Even before any herb it withereth.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Whilst it is yet in his greenness - We do not know enough of the natural history of this plant to be able to discern the strength of this allusion; but we learn from it that, although this plant be very succulent, and grow to a great size, yet it is short-lived, and speedily withers; and this we may suppose to be in the dry season, or on the retreat of the waters of the Nile. However, Soon Ripe, soon Rotten, is a maxim in horticulture.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryTwo Kinds of Hope
'Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web.'--JOB viii. 14. 'And hope maketh not ashamed.'--ROMANS v. 5. These two texts take opposite sides. Bildad was not the wisest of Job's friends, and he gives utterance to solemn commonplaces with partial truth in them. In the rough it is true that the hope of the ungodly perishes, and the limits of the truth are concealed by the splendour of the imagery and the perfection of artistic form in which the well-worn platitude is draped. …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Hebrew Sages and their Proverbs
Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh? Can reeds thrive without water?
Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless.
that the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.
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