Listen to me; listen as I plead!
Does a farmer always plow and never sow? Is he forever cultivating the soil and never planting it?
Does he not finally plant his seeds for dill, cumin, wheat, barley, and spelt, each in its own section of his land?
The farmer knows just what to do, for God has given him understanding.
He doesn't thresh all his crops the same way. A heavy sledge is never used on dill; rather, it is beaten with a light stick. A threshing wheel is never rolled on cumin; instead, it is beaten softly with a flail.
Bread grain is easily crushed, so he doesn't keep on pounding it. He threshes it under the wheels of a cart, but he doesn't pulverize it.
The LORD Almighty is a wonderful teacher, and he gives the farmer great wisdom.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)