Job 14:7

7 “At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail.

Job 14:7 in Other Translations

KJV
7 For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
ESV
7 "For there is hope for a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease.
NLT
7 “Even a tree has more hope! If it is cut down, it will sprout again and grow new branches.
MSG
7 For a tree there is always hope. Chop it down and it still has a chance - its roots can put out fresh sprouts.
CSB
7 There is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its shoots will not die.

Job 14:7 Meaning and Commentary

Job 14:7

For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will
sprout again
That is, if it be cut down to the root, and only the stump of the root is left in the ground, as the tree in Nebuchadnezzar's dream, ( Daniel 4:15 ) , yet the owner of it may entertain a hope that it is not utterly destroyed, but will bud out again; or "change" F19 its state and condition, and become flourishing again: or "renew" F20 itself; and its strength, and put out new shoots and branches; either it will rise up into a new body, as the laurel, as Pliny F21 relates, or produce new sprouts as the willow, alder tree, and others; for this is not true of every tree, though it may be of many; for it is F23 reported of the cypress tree, when cut down, it never sprouts out any more, unless in one place, in Aenaria; but since this is the case of some, it is sufficient to Job's purpose:

and that the tender branch thereof will not cease;
from shooting out; or "its suckers will not cease" F24; which may be observed frequently to grow out of the roots of trees, even of those that are cut down, such as above mentioned.


FOOTNOTES:

F19 (Pylxy) "mutabit se", Drusius; "conditionem suam", Piscator.
F20 "Renovat se", Schmidt.
F21 Nat. Hist. apud Pinedam in loc.
F23 Servius in Virgil. Aeneid. l. 3. p. 681. Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 16. c. 33.
F24 (wtqnwy) "sugensque ejus surculus", Schultens.

Job 14:7 In-Context

5 A person’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.
6 So look away from him and let him alone, till he has put in his time like a hired laborer.
7 “At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail.
8 Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil,
9 yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Job 19:10; Job 24:20; Psalms 52:5
  • 2. Isaiah 11:1; Isaiah 53:2; Isaiah 60:21
  • 3. Isaiah 6:13