New American Standard Bible
Does the farmer plow continually to plant seed? Does he continually turn and harrow the ground?
King James Bible
Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? doth he open and break the clods of his ground?
Darby Bible Translation
Doth the ploughman plough all day to sow? Is he all day opening and breaking the clods of his land?
World English Bible
Does he who plows to sow plow continually? Does he keep turning the soil and breaking the clods?
Young's Literal Translation
The whole day plougheth the ploughman to sow? He openeth and harroweth his ground!
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Doth the plowman ... - The question here asked implies that he does "not" plow all the day. The interrogative form is often the most emphatic mode of affirmation.
All day - The sense is, does he do nothing else but plow? Is this the only thing which is necessary to be done in order to obtain a harvest? The idea which the prophet intends to convey here is this. A farmer does not suppose that he can obtain a harvest by doing nothing else but plow. There is much else to be done. So it would be just as absurd to suppose that God would deal with his people always in the same manner, as it would be for the farmer to be engaged in nothing else but plowing.
Doth he open ... - That is, is he always engaged in opening, and breaking the clods of his field? There is much else to be done besides this. The word 'open' here refers to the furrows that are made by the plow. The earth is laid open as it were to the sunbeams, and to the showers of rain, and to the reception of seed. The word rendered 'break' (ישׁדד yshadēd) properly means "to harrow," that is, to break up the clods by harrowing Job 39:10; Hosea 10:11.
LibraryGod's Strange Work
'That He may do His work, His strange work; and bring to pass His act, His strange act.'--ISAIAH xxviii. 21. How the great events of one generation fall dead to another! There is something very pathetic in the oblivion that swallows up world- resounding deeds. Here the prophet selects two instances which to him are solemn and singular examples of divine judgment, and we have difficulty in finding out to what he refers. To him they seemed the most luminous illustrations he could find of the principle …
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