Job 39:5
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New International Version
"Who let the wild donkey go free? Who untied its ropes?

New Living Translation
"Who gives the wild donkey its freedom? Who untied its ropes?

English Standard Version
“Who has let the wild donkey go free? Who has loosed the bonds of the swift donkey,

Berean Study Bible
Who set the wild donkey free? Who released the swift donkey from the harness?

New American Standard Bible
"Who sent out the wild donkey free? And who loosed the bonds of the swift donkey,

King James Bible
Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?

Christian Standard Bible
Who set the wild donkey free? Who released the swift donkey from its harness?

Contemporary English Version
Who set wild donkeys free?

Good News Translation
Who gave the wild donkeys their freedom? Who turned them loose and let them roam?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Who set the wild donkey free? Who released the swift donkey from its harness?

International Standard Version
"Who sets the wild donkey free? Who loosens the bonds of the wild donkey

NET Bible
Who let the wild donkey go free? Who released the bonds of the donkey,

New Heart English Bible
"Who has set the wild donkey free? Or who has loosened the bonds of the swift donkey,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Who lets the wild donkey go free? Who unties the ropes of the wild donkey?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Who hath sent out the wild ass free? Or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?

New American Standard 1977
“Who sent out the wild donkey free? And who loosed the bonds of the swift donkey,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Who freed the wild ass, and who loosed its bands?

King James 2000 Bible
Who has let the wild donkey go free? or who has loosed the bonds of the wild donkey?

American King James Version
Who has sent out the wild ass free? or who has loosed the bands of the wild ass?

American Standard Version
Who hath sent out the wild ass free? Or who hath loosed the bonds of the swift ass,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who hath sent out the wild ass free, and who hath loosed his bonds?

Darby Bible Translation
Who hath sent out the wild ass free? and who hath loosed the bands of the onager,

English Revised Version
Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?

Webster's Bible Translation
Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?

World English Bible
"Who has set the wild donkey free? Or who has loosened the bonds of the swift donkey,

Young's Literal Translation
Who hath sent forth the wild ass free? Yea, the bands of the wild ass who opened?
Study Bible
God Speaks of His Creation
4Their young ones thrive and grow up in the open field; they leave and do not return. 5Who set the wild donkey free? Who released the swift donkey from the harness? 6I made the wilderness his home and the salt flats his dwelling.…
Cross References
Genesis 16:12
He will be a wild donkey of a man, and his hand will be against everyone, and everyone’s hand against him; he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.”

Job 6:5
Does a wild donkey bray over fresh grass, or an ox low over its fodder?

Job 11:12
But a witless man can no more become wise than the colt of a wild donkey can be born a man!

Job 24:5
Indeed, like wild donkeys in the desert, the poor go to work foraging for food; the wasteland is food for their children.

Job 39:4
Their young ones thrive and grow up in the open field; they leave and do not return.

Psalm 104:11
They give drink to every beast of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst.

Jeremiah 14:6
Wild donkeys stand on barren heights; they pant for air like jackals; their eyes fail for lack of pasture.”

Daniel 5:21
He was driven away from mankind, and his mind was like that of a beast. He lived with the wild donkeys and ate grass like cattle, and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven until he acknowledged that the Most High God is ruler over the kingdom of mankind, and He sets over it whom He wishes.

Treasury of Scripture

Who has sent out the wild ass free? or who has loosed the bands of the wild ass?

the wild

Job 6:5 Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass? or lows the ox over his fodder?

Job 11:12 For vain men would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.

Job 24:5 Behold, as wild donkeys in the desert, go they forth to their work; …

Genesis 16:12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and …

Psalm 104:11 They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild donkeys quench …

Isaiah 32:14 Because the palaces shall be forsaken; the multitude of the city …

Jeremiah 2:24 A wild donkey used to the wilderness, that snuffs up the wind at …

Jeremiah 14:6 And the wild donkeys did stand in the high places, they snuffed up …

Daniel 5:21 And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like …

Hosea 8:9 For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild donkey alone by himself: …

who hath loosed

Genesis 49:14 Issachar is a strong donkey couching down between two burdens:







Verse 5. - Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass? Two kinds of onager or wild ass, seem to be intended - the one called pore' (פִרֶא), and the other 'arod (עָרוד). These correspond probably to the Asinus hemippus and the Asinus onager of modern naturalists, the former of which is still found in the deserts of Syria, Mesopotamia, and Northern Arabia, while the latter inhabits Western Asia from 48° N.lat. southward to Persia, Beloochistan, and Western India. Sir H. A. Layard describes the former, which he saw, as a "beautiful animal, in fleetness equalling the gazelle, very wild, and of a rich fawn colour, almost pink" ('Nineveh and its Remains,' Vol. 1. p. 324). The latter (Asinus onager) was seen by Sir R. K. Porter in Persia ('Travels,' vol. 1. p. 460), and is described in very similar terms. The two, however, appear to be distinct species (see Dr. Smith's 'Dict. of the Bible,' vol. 3. pp. 19, 20, Appendix). Both animals are remarkable for extreme wildness; and all attempts to domesticate the young of either have hitherto failed. Who hath sent out the wild ass free?.... Into the wide waste, where it is, ranges at pleasure, and is not under the restraint of any; a creature which, as it is naturally wild, is naturally averse to servitude, is desirous of liberty and maintains it: not but that it may be tamed, as Pliny (m) speaks of such as are; but it chooses to be free, and, agreeably to its nature, it is sent out into the wilderness as such: not that it is set free from bondage, for in that it never was until it is tamed; but its nature and inclination, and course it pursues, is to be free. And now the question is, who gave this creature such a nature, and desire after liberty? and such power to maintain it? and directs it to take such methods to secure it, and keep clear of bondage? It is of God;

or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass? not that it has any naturally upon it, and is loosed from them; but because it is as clear of them as such creatures are, which have been in bands and are freed from them: therefore this mode of expression is used, and which signifies the same as before.

(m) Nat. Hist. l. 8. c. 44. 5. wild ass—Two different Hebrew words are here used for the same animal, "the ass of the woods" and "the wild ass." (See on [552]Job 6:5; [553]Job 11:12; [554]Job 24:5; and [555]Jer 2:24).

loosed the bands—given its liberty to. Man can rob animals of freedom, but not, as God, give freedom, combined with subordination to fixed laws.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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