New International Version
it entwines its roots around a pile of rocks and looks for a place among the stones.
King James Bible
His roots are wrapped about the heap, and seeth the place of stones.
Darby Bible Translation
His roots are entwined about the stoneheap; he seeth the place of stones.
World English Bible
His roots are wrapped around the rock pile. He sees the place of stones.
Young's Literal Translation
By a heap his roots are wrapped, A house of stones he looketh for.
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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
They are like a well-watered plant in the sunshine, spreading its shoots over the garden;
But when it is torn from its spot, that place disowns it and says, 'I never saw you.'
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