New International Version
Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?
King James Bible
Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
Darby Bible Translation
Does the fountain, out of the same opening, pour forth sweet and bitter?
World English Bible
Does a spring send out from the same opening fresh and bitter water?
Young's Literal Translation
doth the fountain out of the same opening pour forth the sweet and the bitter?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Doth a fountain send forth - sweet water and bitter? - In many things nature is a sure guide to man; but no such inconsistency is found in the natural world as this blessing and cursing in man. No fountain, at the same opening, sends forth sweet water and bitter; no fig tree can bear olive berries; no vine can bear figs; nor can the sea produce salt water and fresh from the same place. These are all contradictions, and indeed impossibilities, in nature. And it is depraved man alone that can act the monstrous part already referred to.
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LibraryJanuary the Twenty-Sixth the Fire of Envy
"Where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work!" --JAMES iii. 13-18. In Milton's "Comus" we read of a certain potion which has the power to pervert all the senses of everyone who drinks it. Nothing is apprehended truly. Sight and hearing and taste are all disordered, and the victim is all unconscious of the confusion. The deadly draught is the minister of deceptive chaos. And envy is like that potion when it is drunk by the spirit. It perverts every moral and spiritual sense. …
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As a well pours out its water, so she pours out her wickedness. Violence and destruction resound in her; her sickness and wounds are ever before me.
Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.
My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
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