Job 12:7
New International Version
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;

New Living Translation
“Just ask the animals, and they will teach you. Ask the birds of the sky, and they will tell you.

English Standard Version
“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;

Berean Study Bible
But ask the animals, and they will instruct you; ask the birds of the air, and they will tell you.

King James Bible
But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:

New King James Version
“But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; And the birds of the air, and they will tell you;

New American Standard Bible
“But just ask the animals, and have them teach you; And the birds of the sky, and have them tell you.

NASB 1995
“But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.

NASB 1977
“But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.

Amplified Bible
“Now ask the animals, and let them teach you [that God does not deal with His creatures according to their character]; And ask the birds of the air, and let them tell you;

Christian Standard Bible
But ask the animals, and they will instruct you; ask the birds of the sky, and they will tell you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But ask the animals, and they will instruct you; ask the birds of the sky, and they will tell you.

American Standard Version
But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; And the birds of the heavens, and they shall tell thee:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Or else ask the beast and it will teach you, and the bird of the sky and it will show you

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But ask now the beasts, if they may speak to thee; and the birds of the air, if they may declare to thee.

Contemporary English Version
If you want to learn, then go and ask the wild animals and the birds,

Douay-Rheims Bible
But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee: and the birds of the air, and they shall tell thee.

English Revised Version
But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:

Good News Translation
Even birds and animals have much they could teach you;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Instead, ask the animals, and they will teach you. Ask the birds, and they will tell you.

International Standard Version
"Ask the wild animals, and they'll teach you; the birds of the sky will tell you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; And the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee;

Literal Standard Version
And yet, now ask [one of] the beasts, And it shows you, And a bird of the heavens, And it declares to you.

NET Bible
"But now, ask the animals and they will teach you, or the birds of the sky and they will tell you.

New Heart English Bible
"But ask the animals, now, and they shall teach you; the birds of the sky, and they shall tell you.

World English Bible
"But ask the animals, now, and they shall teach you; the birds of the sky, and they shall tell you.

Young's Literal Translation
And yet, ask, I pray thee, One of the beasts, and it doth shew thee, And a fowl of the heavens, And it doth declare to thee.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Responds to Zophar
6The tents of robbers are safe, and those who provoke God are secure—those who carry their god in their hands. 7But ask the animals, and they will instruct you; ask the birds of the air, and they will tell you. 8Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; let the fish of the sea inform you.…

Cross References
Romans 1:20
For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood from His workmanship, so that men are without excuse.

Job 12:6
The tents of robbers are safe, and those who provoke God are secure--those who carry their god in their hands.

Job 12:8
Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; let the fish of the sea inform you.


Treasury of Scripture

But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach you; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell you:

But ask

Job 21:29,30
Have ye not asked them that go by the way? and do ye not know their tokens, …

Proverbs 6:6
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

Isaiah 1:3
The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.









Verse 7. - But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee. Job here begins his review of all creation, to show that God has the absolute direction of it. The order of

(1) beasts,

(2) birds,

(3) fishes, is that of dignity (comp. Genesis 9:2; Psalm 8:7, 8). . . .

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
But
וְֽאוּלָ֗ם (wə·’ū·lām)
Conjunctive waw | Conjunction
Strong's 199: However, on the contrary

ask
שְׁאַל־ (šə·’al-)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 7592: To inquire, to request, to demand

the animals,
בְהֵמ֣וֹת (ḇə·hê·mō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 929: A dumb beast, any large quadruped, animal

and they will instruct you;
וְתֹרֶ֑ךָּ (wə·ṯō·re·kā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive imperfect - third person feminine singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's 3384: To flow as water, to lay, throw, to point out, to teach

ask the birds
וְע֥וֹף (wə·‘ō·wp̄)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 5775: Flying creatures

of the air,
הַ֝שָּׁמַ֗יִם (haš·šā·ma·yim)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 8064: Heaven, sky

and they will tell
וְיַגֶּד־ (wə·yag·geḏ-)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive imperfect Jussive - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5046: To be conspicuous

you.
לָֽךְ׃ (lāḵ)
Preposition | second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew


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