Job 39:29
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New International Version
From there it looks for food; its eyes detect it from afar.

New Living Translation
From there it hunts its prey, keeping watch with piercing eyes.

English Standard Version
From there he spies out the prey; his eyes behold it from far away.

New American Standard Bible
"From there he spies out food; His eyes see it from afar.

King James Bible
From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.

Christian Standard Bible
From there it searches for prey; its eyes penetrate the distance.

Contemporary English Version
where they can look down to spot their next meal?

Good News Translation
From there it watches near and far for something to kill and eat.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
From there it searches for prey; its eyes penetrate the distance.

International Standard Version
From there he searches for prey, and his eyes recognize it from a distance.

NET Bible
From there it spots its prey, its eyes gaze intently from a distance.

New Heart English Bible
From there he spies out the prey. His eyes see it afar off.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
From there it seeks food, and its eyes see it from far away.

JPS Tanakh 1917
From thence she spieth out the prey; Her eyes behold it afar off.

New American Standard 1977
“From there he spies out food; His eyes see it from afar.

Jubilee Bible 2000
From there she seeks food, and her eyes behold afar off.

King James 2000 Bible
From there she seeks the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.

American King James Version
From there she seeks the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.

American Standard Version
From thence she spieth out the prey; Her eyes behold it afar off.

Douay-Rheims Bible
From thence she looketh for the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.

Darby Bible Translation
From thence he spieth out the prey, his eyes look into the distance;

English Revised Version
From thence she spieth out the prey; her eyes behold it afar off.

Webster's Bible Translation
From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.

World English Bible
From there he spies out the prey. His eyes see it afar off.

Young's Literal Translation
From thence he hath sought food, To a far off place his eyes look attentively,
Study Bible
God Speaks of His Creation
28"On the cliff he dwells and lodges, Upon the rocky crag, an inaccessible place. 29"From there he spies out food; His eyes see it from afar. 30"His young ones also suck up blood; And where the slain are, there is he."…
Cross References
Job 9:26
"They slip by like reed boats, Like an eagle that swoops on its prey.

Job 39:28
"On the cliff he dwells and lodges, Upon the rocky crag, an inaccessible place.
Treasury of Scripture

From there she seeks the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.

she

Job 9:26 They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle that hastens to the prey.

her (The eagle is proverbial for her strong and clear sight.)

Verse 29. - From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off. Aristotle gives this as a reason for the lofty flight of the eagle, Υψοῦ πέταται ὁπως ἐπὶ πλεῖστον τόπον καθορᾷ. The keen sight of the eagle is recognized by modern savants: "Aquila, genre d'oiseaux de proie... caracterise par un bec sans denlelure et droit a sa base jusquaupres de l'extremite, ou il se corbe beaucoup; par des pieds robustes armes d'ongles aigus et tranchants, par leur rue percante et leur grands envergure" ('Dictionnaire Universelle des Sciences,' p. 25). From thence she seeketh the prey,.... From the high rock; from whence she can look down into valleys, and even into the sea; and spy what is for her purpose, and descend and seize upon them; as lambs, fawns, geese, shellfish, &c. though they may lie in the most hidden and secret places. Wherefore in the original text it is, "she diggeth the prey or food" (s); as treasure hid in secret is dug or diligently searched for; and for which she is qualified by the sharpness of her sight, as follows:

and her eyes behold afar off; from the high rocks and higher clouds, even from the high sky, as Aelianus (t) expresses it; and who observes that she is the most sharp sighted of all birds; and so, Homer (u) says, some affirm.

(s) "fodit escam"; Montanus, Mercerus. (t) De Animal. l. 2. c. 26. & l. 1. c. 42. Aristot. & Plin. ut supra. (Aristot. Hist. Animal. l. 9. c. 32. Nat. Hist. l. 10. c. 3.) (u) Iliad. 17. v. 674, 675. so Diodor. Sic. l. 3. p. 145. 29. seeketh—is on the lookout for.

behold—The eagle descries its prey at an astonishing distance, by sight, rather than smell.39:1-30 God inquires of Job concerning several animals. - In these questions the Lord continued to humble Job. In this chapter several animals are spoken of, whose nature or situation particularly show the power, wisdom, and manifold works of God. The wild ass. It is better to labour and be good for something, than to ramble and be good for nothing. From the untameableness of this and other creatures, we may see, how unfit we are to give law to Providence, who cannot give law even to a wild ass's colt. The unicorn, a strong, stately, proud creature. He is able to serve, but not willing; and God challenges Job to force him to it. It is a great mercy if, where God gives strength for service, he gives a heart; it is what we should pray for, and reason ourselves into, which the brutes cannot do. Those gifts are not always the most valuable that make the finest show. Who would not rather have the voice of the nightingale, than the tail of the peacock; the eye of the eagle and her soaring wing, and the natural affection of the stork, than the beautiful feathers of the ostrich, which can never rise above the earth, and is without natural affection? The description of the war-horse helps to explain the character of presumptuous sinners. Every one turneth to his course, as the horse rushes into the battle. When a man's heart is fully set in him to do evil, and he is carried on in a wicked way, by the violence of his appetites and passions, there is no making him fear the wrath of God, and the fatal consequences of sin. Secure sinners think themselves as safe in their sins as the eagle in her nest on high, in the clefts of the rocks; but I will bring thee down from thence, saith the Lord, #Jer 49:16". All these beautiful references to the works of nature, should teach us a right view of the riches of the wisdom of Him who made and sustains all things. The want of right views concerning the wisdom of God, which is ever present in all things, led Job to think and speak unworthily of Providence.
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