Job 39:6
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English Standard Version
to whom I have given the arid plain for his home and the salt land for his dwelling place?

King James Bible
Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings.

American Standard Version
Whose home I have made the wilderness, And the salt land his dwelling-place?

Douay-Rheims Bible
To whom I have given a house in the wilderness, and his dwellings in the barren land.

English Revised Version
Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the salt land his dwelling place.

Webster's Bible Translation
Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

39 Dost thou hunt for the prey of the lioness

And still the desire of the young lions,

40 When they couch in the dens,

Sit in the thicket lying in wait for prey?

41 Who provideth for the raven its food,

When its young ones cry to God,

They wander about without food?

On the wealth of the Old Testament language in names for the lion, vid., on Job 4:10. לביא can be used of the lioness; the more exact name of the lioness is לביּה, for לביא is equals לבי, whence לבאים, lions, and לבאות, lionesses. The lioness is mentioned first, because she has to provide for her young ones (גּוּרים); then the lions that are still young, but yet are left to themselves, כּפירים. The phrase מלּא חיּה (comp. חיּה of life that needs nourishment, Job 33:20) is equivalent to מלּא נפשׁ, Proverbs 6:30 (Psychol. S. 204 ad fin.). The book of Psalms here furnishes parallels to every word: comp. on Job 38:39, Psalm 104:21; on ישׁחוּ, Psalm 10:10;

(Note: The Semitic is rich in such words as describe the couching posture of beasts of prey lying in wait for their prey, which then in general signify to lie in wait, lurk, wait (רצד, רבץ, Arab. rbṣ, lbd, wkkd); Arab. q‛d lh, subsedit ei, i.e., insidiatus est ei, which corresponds to ישׁבו, Job 38:40, also belongs here, comp. Psalter, i. 500 note.)

on מעונות, lustra, Psalm 104:22 (compared on Job 37:8 already); on סכּה, סך, which is used just in the same way, Psalm 10:9; Jeremiah 25:38. The picture of the crying ravens has its parallel in Psalm 147:9. כּי, quum, is followed by the fut. in the signif. of the praes., as Psalm 11:3. As here, in the Sermon on the Mount in Luke 12:24 the ravens, which by their hoarse croaking make themselves most observed everywhere among birds that seek their food, are mentioned instead of the fowls of heaven.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

barren land. Heb. salt places

Deuteronomy 29:23 And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor bears, nor any grass grows therein...

Psalm 107:34 A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.

Jeremiah 17:6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good comes; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness...

Ezekiel 47:11 But the miry places thereof and the marshes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt.

Cross References
Job 24:5
Behold, like wild donkeys in the desert the poor go out to their toil, seeking game; the wasteland yields food for their children.

Job 39:7
He scorns the tumult of the city; he hears not the shouts of the driver.

Psalm 107:34
a fruitful land into a salty waste, because of the evil of its inhabitants.

Jeremiah 2:24
a wild donkey used to the wilderness, in her heat sniffing the wind! Who can restrain her lust? None who seek her need weary themselves; in her month they will find her.

Jeremiah 14:6
The wild donkeys stand on the bare heights; they pant for air like jackals; their eyes fail because there is no vegetation.

Jeremiah 17:6
He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.

Hosea 8:9
For they have gone up to Assyria, a wild donkey wandering alone; Ephraim has hired lovers.

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