Job 31:40
Good News Translation
then instead of wheat and barley, may weeds and thistles grow. The words of Job are ended.

New Revised Standard Version
let thorns grow instead of wheat, and foul weeds instead of barley.” The words of Job are ended.

Contemporary English Version
If I had, I would pray for weeds instead of wheat to grow in my fields. After saying these things, Job was silent.

New American Bible
Then let the thorns grow instead of wheat and stinkweed instead of barley! The words of Job are ended.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let thistles grow up to me instead of wheat, and thorns instead of barley.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Let thistles grow up to me instead of wheat, and thorns instead of barley.

2 Kings 14:9 And Joas, king of Israel, sent again to Amasias, king of Juda, saying: A thistle of Libanus sent to a cedar tree, which is in Libanus, saying: Give thy daughter to my son to wife. And the beasts of the forest, that are in Libanus, passed, and trod down the thistle.

Genesis 3:17,18 And to Adam he said: Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee, that thou shouldst not eat, cursed is the earth in thy work: with labour and toil shalt thou eat thereof all the days of thy life. . . .

Isaiah 7:23 And it shall come to pass in that day, that every place where there were a thousand vines, at a thousand pieces of silver, shall become thorns and briers.

Zephaniah 2:9 Therefore as I live, saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel, Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrha, the dryness of thorns, and heaps of salt, and a desert even for ever: the remnant of my people shall make a spoil of them, and the residue of my nation shall possess them.

Malachi 1:3 But have hated Esau? and I have made his mountains a wilderness, and given his inheritance to the dragons of the desert.


Psalm 72:20 The praises of David, the son of Jesse, are ended.

Job's Final Appeal
39If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, and have afflicted the son of the tillers thereof: 40Let thistles grow up to me instead of wheat, and thorns instead of barley.
Cross References
Job 32:13
Lest you should say: We have found wisdom, God hath cast him down, not man.

Isaiah 5:6
And I will make it desolate: it shall not be pruned, and it shall not be digged: but briers and thorns shall come up: and I will command the clouds to rain no rain upon it.

Jeremiah 51:64
And thou shalt say: Thus shall Babylon sink, and she shall not rise up from the affliction that I will bring upon her, and she shall be utterly destroyed. Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.

Job 31:39
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