New American Standard Bible
He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, And vegetation for the labor of man, So that he may bring forth food from the earth,
King James Bible
He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;
Darby Bible Translation
He maketh the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man; bringing forth bread out of the earth,
World English Bible
He causes the grass to grow for the livestock, and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food out of the earth:
Young's Literal Translation
Causing grass to spring up for cattle, And herb for the service of man, To bring forth bread from the earth,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle - Out of the earth there is caused to grow every variety of food necessary for the various orders of beings that are placed upon it. The idea here is not merely that of "abundance;" it is also that of "variety:" the needs and tastes of all have been consulted in the productions of the earth. The one earth - the same earth - has been made to produce the endless varieties of food required for the creatures that have been placed on it. The word "grass" here refers to all the vegetable productions needful for cattle.
And herb for the service of man - Genesis 1:29. The word "herb" here would include every green plant or vegetable; or all that the earth produces for the food of man. This, of course, refers to the earth as it came from the hand of God, and to the original arrangement, before permission was given to man to eat the flesh of animals, Genesis 9:3. The word translated "service" might be rendered "culture," as if man was to cultivate it for his use, not that it was to be produced, as the food for cattle, spontaneously.
That he may bring forth food out of the earth - Hebrew, "bread." That is, that by culture he may bring forth that which would make bread.
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"Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?" Heb. 1:14. 1. Many of the ancient Heathens had (probably from tradition) some notion of good and evil angels. They had some conception of a superior order of beings, between men and God, whom the Greeks generally termed demons, (knowing ones,) and the Romans, genii. Some of these they supposed to be kind and benevolent, delighting in doing good; others, to be malicious and cruel, delighting in …
John Wesley—Sermons on Several Occasions
Seventh Sunday after Trinity. O Lord, How Manifold are Thy Works; in Wisdom Hast Thou Made them All; the Earth is Full of Thy Riches.
Epistle xvii. To Felix, Bishop of Messana.
The Host of Heaven and of Earth.
Then God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them"; and it was so.
Then God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;
"He will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.
"The earth, from it comes food, And underneath it is turned up as fire.
To satisfy the waste and desolate land And to make the seeds of grass to sprout?
"Surely the mountains bring him food, And all the beasts of the field play there.
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; Your judgments are like a great deep. O LORD, You preserve man and beast.
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