Job 28:9
New International Version
People assault the flinty rock with their hands and lay bare the roots of the mountains.

New Living Translation
People know how to tear apart flinty rocks and overturn the roots of mountains.

English Standard Version
“Man puts his hand to the flinty rock and overturns mountains by the roots.

Berean Study Bible
The miner strikes the flint; he overturns mountains at their base.

King James Bible
He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots.

New King James Version
He puts his hand on the flint; He overturns the mountains at the roots.

New American Standard Bible
“He puts his hand on the flint; He overturns the mountains at the base.

NASB 1995
“He puts his hand on the flint; He overturns the mountains at the base.

NASB 1977
“He puts his hand on the flint; He overturns the mountains at the base.

Amplified Bible
“Man puts his hand on [and tears apart] the flinty rock; He overturns the mountains at the base [looking for treasure].

Christian Standard Bible
The miner uses a flint tool and turns up ore from the root of the mountains.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The miner strikes the flint and transforms the mountains at their foundations.

American Standard Version
He putteth forth his hand upon the flinty rock; He overturneth the mountains by the roots.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
His hand reaches on the rock of flints and overturns the mountains from their roots

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He has stretched forth his hand on the sharp rock, and turned up mountains by the roots:

Contemporary English Version
With their own hands they remove sharp rocks and uproot mountains.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He hath stretched forth his hand to the flint, he hath overturned mountains from the roots.

English Revised Version
He putteth forth his hand upon the flinty rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots.

Good News Translation
Miners dig the hardest rocks, Dig mountains away at their base.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Humans exert their power on the flinty rocks and overturn mountains at their base.

International Standard Version
"Using a flint, he thrusts his hand, overturning mountains by the roots.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He putteth forth his hand upon the flinty rock; He overturneth the mountains by the roots.

Literal Standard Version
He sent forth his hand against the flint, He overturned mountains from the root.

NET Bible
On the flinty rock man has set to work with his hand; he has overturned mountains at their bases.

New Heart English Bible
He puts forth his hand on the flinty rock, and he overturns the mountains by the roots.

World English Bible
He puts forth his hand on the flinty rock, and he overturns the mountains by the roots.

Young's Literal Translation
Against the flint he sent forth his hand, He overturned from the root mountains.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Where Can Wisdom Be Found?
8Proud beasts have never trodden it; no lion has ever prowled over it. 9The miner strikes the flint; he overturns mountains at their base. 10He hews out channels in the rocks, and his eyes spot every treasure.…

Cross References
Job 9:5
He moves mountains without their knowledge and overturns them in His anger.

Job 28:8
Proud beasts have never trodden it; no lion has ever prowled over it.

Job 28:10
He hews out channels in the rocks, and his eyes spot every treasure.


Treasury of Scripture

He puts forth his hand on the rock; he overturns the mountains by the roots.

rock.

Nahum 1:4-6
He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth…









(9) He putteth forth his hand upon the rock.--The process described is that of tunnelling and excavating, and that of making canals and lining them with stone; and in the course of such works many precious things would be discovered. The canals and cisterns were made so accurately that they retained the water, and did not even weep or trickle.

Verse 9. - He putteth forth his hand upon the rock. Our Revisers translate, upon the flinty rock; while Canon Cook maintains that "the word used means either granite or quartz." Probably Job meant no more than that man does not shrink from attacking any - even the hardest - rock; but will subdue it, and cut his way through it, if he has occasion so to do. He overturneth the mountains by the roots. Herodotus, in describing what he had seen of the Phoenician mining operations in the island of Thasos, observes, "a huge, mountain has been turned upside down in the search for ores" (Herod., 6:47). Pliny says of the process employed for detaching huge masses from the metalliferous hills in Spain, "They attack the rock with iron wedges and hammers. When this work is complete, they destroy the supports, and notify by signal that the fall is about to take place. A watchman, stationed on the mountain-top, alone understands the signal; and he proceeds at once to have all the workmen called in, and himself makes a hurried retreat. Then the mountain falls m upon itself with a crash that cannot be imagined, and an incredible concussion of the air. The successful engineers contemplate the ruin which they have achieved" ('Hist. Nat.,' 33:4. § 73).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The miner strikes
שָׁלַ֣ח (šā·laḥ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7971: To send away, for, out

the flint;
בַּֽ֭חַלָּמִישׁ (ba·ḥal·lā·mîš)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2496: Flint

he overturns
הָפַ֖ךְ (hā·p̄aḵ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2015: To turn about, over, to change, overturn, return, pervert

mountains
הָרִֽים׃ (hā·rîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 2022: Mountain, hill, hill country

at their base.
מִשֹּׁ֣רֶשׁ (miš·šō·reš)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 8328: A root


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