Job 8:11

11 Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh? Can reeds thrive without water?

Job 8:11 in Other Translations

KJV
11 Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?
ESV
11 "Can papyrus grow where there is no marsh? Can reeds flourish where there is no water?
NLT
11 “Can papyrus reeds grow tall without a marsh? Can marsh grass flourish without water?
MSG
11 Can mighty pine trees grow tall without soil? Can luscious tomatoes flourish without water?
CSB
11 Does papyrus grow where there is no marsh? Do reeds flourish without water?

Job 8:11 Meaning and Commentary

Job 8:11

Can the rush grow up without mire?
&c.] No, at least not long, or so as to lift up his head on high, as the word signifies F1; the rush or bulrush, which seems to be meant, delights in watery places, and has its name in Hebrew from its absorbing or drinking up water; it grows in moist and watery clay, or in marshy places, which Jarchi says is the sense of the word here used; the Septuagint understands it of the "paper reed", which, as Pliny F2 observes, grows in the marshy places of Egypt, and by the still waters of the river Nile:

can the flag grow without water?
or "the sedge" F3; which usually grows in moist places, and on the banks of rivers; this unless in such places, or if without water, cannot grow long, or make any very large increase, or come to maturity; so some F4 render it, "if the rush should grow up without" then it would be with it as follows.


FOOTNOTES:

F1 (hagyh) "an attollit se", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius; "an superbiet", so some; Beza, Schultens.
F2 Nat. Hist. l. 13. c. 11.
F3 (wxa) "carectum", V. L. "ulva", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Schmidt, Michaelis, Schultens.
F4 Sic Bar Tzemach & Belgae.

Job 8:11 In-Context

9 for we were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow.
10 Will they not instruct you and tell you? Will they not bring forth words from their understanding?
11 Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh? Can reeds thrive without water?
12 While still growing and uncut, they wither more quickly than grass.
13 Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Job 40:21
  • 2. S Exodus 2:3; Isaiah 19:6; Isaiah 35:7