New Living Translation
Its roots grow down through a pile of stones; it takes hold on a bed of rocks.
King James Bible
His roots are wrapped about the heap, and seeth the place of stones.
Darby Bible Translation
His roots are entwined about the stoneheap; he seeth the place of stones.
World English Bible
His roots are wrapped around the rock pile. He sees the place of stones.
Young's Literal Translation
By a heap his roots are wrapped, A house of stones he looketh for.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
8:17 Heap - Of stones. This circumstance is added, to signify its firmness and strength, that it was not in loose and sandy ground, which a violent wind might overthrow, but in solid ground, within which were many stones, which its numerous and spreading roots embrace, folding and interweaving themselves about them. Seeth - The tree reacheth thither, takes the advantage of that place for the strengthening of itself.
The book of Job is one of the great masterpieces of the world's literature, if not indeed the greatest. The author was a man of superb literary genius, and of rich, daring, and original mind. The problem with which he deals is one of inexhaustible interest, and his treatment of it is everywhere characterized by a psychological insight, an intellectual courage, and a fertility and brilliance of resource which are nothing less than astonishing. Opinion has been divided as to how the book should be …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
The godless seem like a lush plant growing in the sunshine, its branches spreading across the garden.
But when it is uprooted, it's as though it never existed!
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