Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear my word:
Does the plowman plow without stopping for planting, opening and harrowing their ground?
When he has smoothed its surface, doesn't he scatter fennel,a and sow cumin, and plant wheat and barley in their places, and spelt as a border?
They are properly ordered; their God directs them.b27
Fennelc isn't threshed with a threshing sledge, nor is a cart wheel rolled over cumin, but fenneld is beaten with a staff, and cumin with a rod.
Bread grain is crushed, but the threshere doesn't thresh it forever. He drives the cart wheel over it; he spreads it out but doesn't crush it.
This also comes from the LORD of heavenly forces, who gives wondrous counsel and increases wisdom.