Job 28:5

5 The earth, from which food comes, is transformed below as by fire;

Read Job 28:5 Using Other Translations

As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire.
As for the earth, out of it comes bread, but underneath it is turned up as by fire.
Food is grown on the earth above, but down below, the earth is melted as by fire.

What does Job 28:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Job 28:5

[As for] the earth, out of it cometh bread
That is, bread corn, or corn of which bread is made particularly wheat; which falling, or being cast into the earth, rises up and brings forth fruit, and, when ground into flour, makes fine bread; and to this same original the psalmist ascribes bread, which strengthens man's heart, ( Psalms 104:14 Psalms 104:15 ) . The West Indians formerly made their bread of roots of the earth, particularly one called "jucca" F2; so Caesar's soldiers in distress made bread of a root called "chara", steeped in milk F3:

and under it is turned up as it were fire;
coal, which is fuel for fire; for, as in the earth are mines for gold and silver, iron and brass, out of which they are dug, or the ore of them, so there is coal under the earth; which, when turned up, or dug, is taken for firing; or brimstone, or sulphureous matter, which is easily inflammable; and sometimes the same earth, the surface of which is covered with corn, out of which bread cometh, underneath are coal, or sulphur, and such like combustible matter: some think precious stones are meant, which glitter and sparkle like fire; see ( Ezekiel 28:14 ) .


F2 P. Martyr, Decad 1. l. 1.
F3 Caesar. Comment. Bell. Civil. l. 3. c. 48.
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