Listen1 and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say.
When a farmer plows for planting,2 does he plow continually? Does he keep on breaking up and harrowing the soil?
When he has leveled the surface, does he not sow caraway and scatter cummin?3 Does he not plant wheat in its place,a barley4 in its plot,b and spelt5 in its field?
His God instructs him and teaches6 him the right way.
Caraway is not threshed7 with a sledge,8 nor is a cartwheel rolled over cummin; caraway is beaten out with a rod,9 and cummin with a stick.
Grain must be ground to make bread; so one does not go on threshing it forever. Though he drives the wheels of his threshing cart10 over it, his horses do not grind it.
All this also comes from the LORD Almighty, wonderful in counsel11 and magnificent in wisdom.12