English Standard Version
or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
King James Bible
Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.
American Standard Version
Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee; And the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.
Speak to the earth, and it shall answer thee: and the fishes of the sea shall tell.
English Revised Version
Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee; and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.
Webster's Bible Translation
Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare to thee.
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
1 The Job began, and said:
2 Truly then ye are the people,
And wisdom shall die with you!
3 I also have a heart as well as you;
I do not stand behind you;
And to whom should not such things be known?
The admission, which is strengthened by כּי אמנם, truly then (distinct from אמנם כּי, for truly, Job 36:4, similar to כּי הנּה, behold indeed, Psalm 128:4), is intended as irony: ye are not merely single individuals, but the people equals race of men (עם, as Isaiah 40:7; Isaiah 42:5), so that all human understanding is confined to you, and there is none other to be found; and when once you die, it will seem to have died out. The lxx correctly renders: μὴ ὑμεῖς ἐστὲ ἄνθρωποι μόνοι (according to the reading of the Cod. Alex.); he also has a heart like them, he is therefore not empty, נבוב, Job 11:12. Heart is, like Job 34:10, comp. נלבב, Job 11:12, equivalent to νοῦς διάνοια; Ewald's translation, "I also have a head even as you" ("brains" would better accord with the connection), is a western form of expression, and modern and unbiblical (vid., Division "Herz und Haupt," Psychol. iv. 12). He is not second to them; מן נפל, like Job 13:2, properly to slip from, to be below any one; מן is not the comparative (Ewald). Oetinger's translation is not bad: I cannot slink away at your presence. Who has not a knowledge of such things as those which they, by setting themselves up as defenders of God, have presented to him! אתּי היה is equivalent to ידעתּי, σύνοιδα, Isaiah 59:12.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
"But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;
Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this?
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