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Job 14:9

    Job 14:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Yet through the scent of water it will bud, And put forth boughs like a plant.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Still, at the smell of water, it will make buds, and put out branches like a young plant.

    Webster's Revision

    Yet through the scent of water it will bud, And put forth boughs like a plant.

    World English Bible

    yet through the scent of water it will bud, and put forth boughs like a plant.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and put forth boughs like a plant.

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 14:9

    Through the scent of water it will bud - A fine metaphor: the water acts upon the decaying and perishing tree, as strong and powerful odors from musk, otto of roses, ammonia, etc., act on a fainting or swooning person.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 14:9

    Yet through the scent of water - The word here rendered "scent" (ריח rêyach) means properly the odor or fragrance which anything exhales or emits; Sol 2:13; Sol 7:13; Genesis 27:27. The idea is very delicate and poetic. It is designed to denote a gentle and pleasant contact - not a rush of water - by which the tree is made to live. It inhales, so to speak, the vital influence from the water - as we are refreshed and revived by grateful odorifles when we are ready to faint.

    It will bud - Or, rather, it will germinate, or spring up again - יפרח yapârach; see the notes at Isaiah 55:10.

    And bring forth boughs - קציר qâtsı̂yr. This word usually means a harvest; Genesis 8:22; Genesis 30:14; Genesis 45:6. It also means, as here, a bough, or branch; compare Psalm 80:11; Job 18:16; Job 29:19.

    Like a plant - Like a young plant - as fresh and vigorous as a plant that is set out.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 14:9

    14:9 Scent - By means of water. Scent or smell, is figuratively ascribed to a tree.
    Book: Job