New American Standard Bible
To whom I gave the wilderness for a 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.
Darby Bible Translation
Whose house I made the wilderness, and the salt plain his dwellings?
World English Bible
Whose home I have made the wilderness, and the salt land his dwelling place?
Young's Literal Translation
Whose house I have made the wilderness, And his dwellings the barren land,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Whose house I have made - God had appointed its home in the desert.
And the barren land his dwellings - Margin, as in Hebrew "salt places." Such places were usually barren. Psalm 107:34, "he turneth a fruitful land into barrenness." Hebrew "saltness." Thus, Virgil, Geor. ii.-238-240:
Salsa antem tellus, et quae, perhibetur amara.
Frugibus infelix: ea nec mansuescit arando;
Nec Baccho genus, aut pomis sua nomina servat.
Compare Pliny, Nat. His. 31, 7, Deuteronomy 29:23.
LibraryWhether the Mode and Order of the Temptation were Becoming?
Objection 1: It would seem that the mode and order of the temptation were unbecoming. For the devil tempts in order to induce us to sin. But if Christ had assuaged His bodily hunger by changing the stones into bread, He would not have sinned; just as neither did He sin when He multiplied the loaves, which was no less a miracle, in order to succor the hungry crowd. Therefore it seems that this was nowise a temptation. Objection 2: Further, a counselor is inconsistent if he persuades the contrary to …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
On the Animals
"Behold, as wild donkeys in the wilderness They go forth seeking food in their activity, As bread for their children in the desert.
"He scorns the tumult of the city, The shoutings of the driver he does not hear.
A fruitful land into a salt waste, Because of the wickedness of those who dwell in it.
A wild donkey accustomed to the wilderness, That sniffs the wind in her passion. In the time of her heat who can turn her away? All who seek her will not become weary; In her month they will find her.
"The wild donkeys stand on the bare heights; They pant for air like jackals, Their eyes fail For there is no vegetation.
"For he will be like a bush in the desert And will not see when prosperity comes, But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness, A land of salt without inhabitant.
For they have gone up to Assyria, Like a wild donkey all alone; Ephraim has hired lovers.
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