New International Version
how blessed you will be, sowing your seed by every stream, and letting your cattle and donkeys range free.
King James Bible
Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters, that send forth thither the feet of the ox and the ass.
Darby Bible Translation
Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters, that send forth the feet of the ox and the ass.
World English Bible
Blessed are you who sow beside all waters, who send out the feet of the ox and the donkey.
Young's Literal Translation
Happy are ye sowing by all waters, Sending forth the foot of the ox and the ass!
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
That sow beside all waters "Who sow your seed in every well-watered place" - Sir John Chardin's note on this place is: "This exactly answers the manner of planting rice; for they sow it upon the water, and before sowing, while the earth is covered with water, they cause the ground to be trodden by oxen, horses, and asses, who go mid-leg deep; and this is the way of preparing the ground for sowing. As they sow the rice on the water, they transplant it in the water. "Harmer's Observ. vol. 1 p. "Rice is the food of two-thirds of mankind." Dr. Arbuthnot. "It is cultivated in most of the eastern countries." Miller. "It is good for all, and at all times." Sir J. Chardin, ib. "Le ris, qui est leur principal aliment et leur froment (i.e., des Siamois), n'est jamais assez arrose; il croit au milieu de l'eau, et les campagnes ou on le cultive ressemblent plutot a de marets que non pas a des terres qu'on laboure aver la charue. Le ris a bien cette force, que quoy qu'il y ait six ou sept pieds d'eau sur lui, il pousse toujours sa tige au dessus; et le tuyau qui le porte s'eleve et croit a proportion de la hauteur de l'eau qui noye son champ. Voyage de l'Eveque de Beryte, p. 144. Paris, 1666. - L. "Rice, which is the principal grain and aliment of the Siamese, can never be too much watered. It grows in the water, and the fields where it is sown resemble marshes rather than fields cultivated by ploughing. Rice has that property that although it be covered with water six or seven feet deep, yet it raises its stalk above it; and this grows long in proportion to the depth of the water by which the field is inundated."
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
'And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.'--ISAIAH xxxii. 2. We may well say, Of whom speaketh the prophet this? Here are distinctly attributed to one of ourselves, if we take the words in their simplicity and fulness, functions and powers which universal experience has taught us not to look for in humanity. And there have been a great many attempts--as it seems to me, altogether …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Peace on Earth through Righteousness
The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Letter xxvi. (Circa A. D. 1127) to the Same
Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you may receive a return.
He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful. In that day your cattle will graze in broad meadows.
The oxen and donkeys that work the soil will eat fodder and mash, spread out with fork and shovel.
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