Isaiah 28:24

“Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? doth he open and break the clods of his ground?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? doth he open and breake the clods of his ground?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Does the farmer plow continually to plant seed? Does he {continually} turn and harrow the ground?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Doth he that ploweth to sow plow continually? doth he `continually' open and harrow his ground?
- American Standard Version (1901)

Is the ploughman for ever ploughing? does he not get the earth ready and broken up for the seed?
- Basic English Bible

Doth the ploughman plough all day to sow? Is he [all day] opening and breaking the clods of his land?
- Darby Bible

Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? doth he open and break the clods of his ground?
- Webster's Bible

Does he who plows to sow plow continually? Does he keep turning the soil and breaking the clods?
- World English Bible

The whole day plougheth the ploughman to sow? He openeth and harroweth his ground!
- Youngs Literal Bible

Is the plowman never done with plowing to sow, with the opening and harrowing of his ground?
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Isaiah 28:24


28:24 Doth - The plowman doth not spend all his time in plowing the ground; but he has several times for several works. And so God has his times and seasons for several works, and his providence is various at several times, and towards several people. Therefore those scoffing Israelites were guilty of great folly, in flattering themselves, because of God's long patience towards them; for God will certainly take a time to thresh, and break them with his judgments, as at present he plowed and harrowed them, and so prepared them for it by his threatenings. Open - Understand, all day. Break - Which they used to do with a kind of harrow.


Discussion for Isaiah 28:24

Bible Options