Job 8:17

“His roots are wrapped about the heape, and seeth the place of stones.”

1611 King James Version (KJV)




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Other Translations

His roots are wrapped about the heap, [and] seeth the place of stones.
- King James Version

"His roots wrap around a rock pile, He grasps a house of stones.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

His roots are wrapped about the `stone' -heap, He beholdeth the place of stones.
- American Standard Version (1901)

His roots are twisted round the stones, forcing their way in between them.
- Basic English Bible

His roots are entwined about the stoneheap; he seeth the place of stones.
- Darby Bible

His roots are wrapped about the heap, and seeth the place of stones.
- Webster's Bible

His roots are wrapped around the rock pile. He sees the place of stones.
- World English Bible

By a heap his roots are wrapped, A house of stones he looketh for.
- Youngs Literal Bible

His roots are wrapped about the heap, he beholdeth the place of stones.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Job 8:17


8:17 Heap - Of stones. This circumstance is added, to signify its firmness and strength, that it was not in loose and sandy ground, which a violent wind might overthrow, but in solid ground, within which were many stones, which its numerous and spreading roots embrace, folding and interweaving themselves about them. Seeth - The tree reacheth thither, takes the advantage of that place for the strengthening of itself.


Discussion for Job 8

  • Vanessa
    Not once did Job think he was caught in the snare of the fowler, that he was trying his faith, lesson to be learned here
  • Vanessa
    Job was enjoying his self pitying, again he lost everything and groaned about it all, he forgot about the mercy and the love God has for a righteous man, instead of praying for guidance and mercy, he was begging to die, he forgot the love he had for God, we all go through many rough things in our lives but we need to remember God is for us not against us, pray always with a earnest heart
  • Eric
    Job's "friends" are judging him unrighteously. They are assuming that Job has committed some terrible sin, that he does not pray, or live a righteous life. How many times do we judge/accuse our friends or church brothers and sister wrongly?? John 7:24 "judge righteous judgment". One's circumstances are not how we should judge.
  • Irene123
    To ME one year ago - It wasn't done for Job or satan's benefit - but ours. The whole Bible is for our benefit.
  • Anne
    Job is being encouraged not to lose hope but to trust in God who is Just and will bring him to an expected end.
  • Pastor Ndingi joseph
    Thank God for the devil he is our springboard to higher increase. The only thing that starts from up to down is the grave. Little beginning is processing time and God does not by pass process for progress

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