New International Version
They are like a well-watered plant in the sunshine, spreading its shoots over the garden;
King James Bible
He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden.
Darby Bible Translation
He is full of sap before the sun, and his sprout shooteth forth over his garden;
World English Bible
He is green before the sun. His shoots go forth over his garden.
Young's Literal Translation
Green he is before the sun, And over his garden his branch goeth out.
Job 8:16 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He is green before the sun - This is another metaphor. The wicked is represented as a luxuriant plant, in a good soil, with all the advantages of a good situation; well exposed to the sun; the roots intervolving themselves with stones, so as to render the tree more stable; but suddenly a blast comes, and the tree begins to die. The sudden fading of its leaves, etc., shows that its root is become as rottenness, and its vegetable life destroyed. I have often observed sound and healthy trees, which were flourishing in all the pride of vegetative health, suddenly struck by some unknown and incomprehensible blast, begin to die away, and perish from the roots. I have seen also the prosperous wicked, in the inscrutable dispensations of the Divine providence, blasted, stripped, made bare, and despoiled, in the same way.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryTwo Kinds of Hope
'Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web.'--JOB viii. 14. 'And hope maketh not ashamed.'--ROMANS v. 5. These two texts take opposite sides. Bildad was not the wisest of Job's friends, and he gives utterance to solemn commonplaces with partial truth in them. In the rough it is true that the hope of the ungodly perishes, and the limits of the truth are concealed by the splendour of the imagery and the perfection of artistic form in which the well-worn platitude is draped. …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Hebrew Sages and their Proverbs
it entwines its roots around a pile of rocks and looks for a place among the stones.
I have seen a wicked and ruthless man flourishing like a luxuriant native tree,
Its branches reached as far as the Sea, its shoots as far as the River.
The LORD called you a thriving olive tree with fruit beautiful in form. But with the roar of a mighty storm he will set it on fire, and its branches will be broken.
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