New American Standard Bible
(Now the flax and the barley were ruined, for the barley was in the ear and the flax was in bud.
King James Bible
And the flax and the barley was smitten: for the barley was in the ear, and the flax was bolled.
Darby Bible Translation
And the flax and the barley were smitten; for the barley was in the ear, and the flax was bolled.
World English Bible
The flax and the barley were struck, for the barley was in the ear, and the flax was in bloom.
Young's Literal Translation
And the flax and the barley have been smitten, for the barley is budding, and the flax forming flowers,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The flax was bolled - i. e. in blossom. This marks the time. In the north of Egypt the barley ripens and flax blossoms about the middle of February, or at the latest early in March, and both are gathered in before April, when the wheat harvest begins. The cultivation of flax must have been of great importance; linen was preferred to any material, and exclusively used by the priests. It is frequently mentioned on Egyptian monuments.
LibraryThe Plagues of Egypt
(Palm Sunday.) EXODUS ix. 13, 14. Thus saith the Lord God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth. You will understand, I think, the meaning of the ten plagues of Egypt better, if I explain to you in a few words what kind of a country Egypt is, what kind of people the Egyptians were. Some of you, doubtless, …
Charles Kingsley—The Gospel of the Pentateuch
Hope for the Heathen
But the wheat and the spelt were not ruined, for they ripen late.)
So Naomi returned, and with her Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law, who returned from the land of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.
So she stayed close by the maids of Boaz in order to glean until the end of the barley harvest and the wheat harvest. And she lived with her mother-in-law.
2 Samuel 21:9
Then he gave them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them in the mountain before the LORD, so that the seven of them fell together; and they were put to death in the first days of harvest at the beginning of barley harvest.
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