New American Standard Bible
"Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; And let the fish of the sea 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.
Darby Bible Translation
Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee; and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.
World English Bible
Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach you. The fish of the sea shall declare to you.
Young's Literal Translation
Or talk to the earth, and it sheweth thee, And fishes of the sea recount to thee:
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee - Perhaps this appeal to the earth may mean, as Stuhlman supposes, that the same thing is shown in the productions of the earth, as in the case of fierce animals. Noxious weeds and useless plants are more thrifty than the plants which are useful and the growth of poisonous or annoying things on the earth illustrates the same thing as the dealings of God with people - that his dealings are not in accordance with the real nature of objects.
And the fishes of the sea - The same thing is manifested in the sea, where the mighty prey upon the feeble, and the fierce and the ferocious overcome the defenseless. The sentiment is that it is a great principle which pervades all things that the ferocious the strong, the wicked, are often prospered, while the weak, the defenseless, the innocent, the pious, are subject to calamities, and that God does not apportion his dealings to the exact character of his creatures. Undoubtedly Job was right in this. and this general principle might be seen then as now, to pervade the world.
LibraryWhether it is Necessary for Salvation to Believe Anything Above the Natural Reason?
Objection 1: It would seem unnecessary for salvation to believe anything above the natural reason. For the salvation and perfection of a thing seem to be sufficiently insured by its natural endowments. Now matters of faith, surpass man's natural reason, since they are things unseen as stated above (Q, A). Therefore to believe seems unnecessary for salvation. Objection 2: Further, it is dangerous for man to assent to matters, wherein he cannot judge whether that which is proposed to him …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
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"But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
"Who among all these does not know That the hand of the LORD has done this,
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