38 If my land [a]cry against me, or the furrows thereof complain together,

39 If I have eaten the fruits thereof without silver: or if I have grieved [b]the souls of the masters thereof,

40 Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle in the stead of barley.


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  1. Job 31:38 As though I had withheld their wages that labored in it.
  2. Job 31:39 Meaning, that he was no briber nor extortioner.
  3. Job 31:40 That is, the talk which he had with his three friends.

38 “if my land cries out against me(A)
    and all its furrows are wet(B) with tears,
39 if I have devoured its yield without payment(C)
    or broken the spirit of its tenants,(D)
40 then let briers(E) come up instead of wheat
    and stinkweed(F) instead of barley.”

The words of Job are ended.(G)

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