New Living Translation
Their roots will dry up, and their branches will wither.
King James Bible
His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off.
Darby Bible Translation
His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off;
World English Bible
His roots shall be dried up beneath. Above shall his branch be cut off.
Young's Literal Translation
From beneath his roots are dried up, And from above cut off is his crop.
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The book of Job is one of the great masterpieces of the world's literature, if not indeed the greatest. The author was a man of superb literary genius, and of rich, daring, and original mind. The problem with which he deals is one of inexhaustible interest, and his treatment of it is everywhere characterized by a psychological insight, an intellectual courage, and a fertility and brilliance of resource which are nothing less than astonishing. Opinion has been divided as to how the book should be …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
"They will not escape the darkness. The burning sun will wither their shoots, and the breath of God will destroy them.
Like trees, they will be cut down in the prime of life; their branches will never again be green.
Therefore, just as fire licks up stubble and dry grass shrivels in the flame, so their roots will rot and their flowers wither. For they have rejected the law of the LORD of Heaven's Armies; they have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
You will not be given a proper burial, for you have destroyed your nation and slaughtered your people. The descendants of such an evil person will never again receive honor.
The people of Israel are struck down. Their roots are dried up, and they will bear no more fruit. And if they give birth, I will slaughter their beloved children."
"But as my people watched, I destroyed the Amorites, though they were as tall as cedars and as strong as oaks. I destroyed the fruit on their branches and dug out their roots.
The LORD of Heaven's Armies says, "The day of judgment is coming, burning like a furnace. On that day the arrogant and the wicked will be burned up like straw. They will be consumed--roots, branches, and all.
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