Job 39:16
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New International Version
She treats her young harshly, as if they were not hers; she cares not that her labor was in vain,

King James Bible
She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers: her labour is in vain without fear;

Darby Bible Translation
She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers; her labour is in vain, without her concern.

World English Bible
She deals harshly with her young ones, as if they were not hers. Though her labor is in vain, she is without fear,

Young's Literal Translation
Her young ones it hath hardened without her, In vain is her labour without fear.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

She is hardened against her young - See before, and the extracts from Dr. Shaw at the end of the chapter, Job 39:30 (note). She neglects her little ones, which are often found half starved, straggling, and moaning about, like so many deserted orphans, for their mother.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Lamentations 4:3 Even the sea monsters draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones: the daughter of my people is become cruel...


Deuteronomy 28:56,57 The tender and delicate woman among you...

1 Kings 3:26,27 Then spoke the woman whose the living child was to the king, for her bowels yearned on her son, and she said, O my lord...

2 Kings 6:28,29 And the king said to her, What ails you? And she answered, This woman said to me, Give your son, that we may eat him to day...

Lamentations 2:20 Behold, O LORD, and consider to whom you have done this. Shall the women eat their fruit, and children of a span long?...

Romans 1:31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

her labour

Ecclesiastes 10:15 The labor of the foolish wearies every one of them, because he knows not how to go to the city.

Habakkuk 2:13 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labor in the very fire...

Whether Daring is a Sin?
Objection 1: It seems that daring is not a sin. For it is written (Job 39:21) concerning the horse, by which according to Gregory (Moral. xxxi) the godly preacher is denoted, that "he goeth forth boldly to meet armed men [*Vulg.: 'he pranceth boldly, he goeth forth to meet armed men']." But no vice redounds to a man's praise. Therefore it is not a sin to be daring. Objection 2: Further, according to the Philosopher (Ethic. vi, 9), "one should take counsel in thought, and do quickly what has been
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Prov. 22:06 the Duties of Parents
"Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it."--Prov. 22:6. I SUPPOSE that most professing Christians are acquainted with the text at the head of this page. The sound of it is probably familiar to your ears, like an old tune. It is likely you have heard it, or read it, talked of it, or quoted it, many a time. Is it not so? But, after all, how little is the substance of this text regarded! The doctrine it contains appears scarcely known, the duty it puts
John Charles Ryle—The Upper Room: Being a Few Truths for the Times

Cross References
Job 39:15
unmindful that a foot may crush them, that some wild animal may trample them.

Job 39:17
for God did not endow her with wisdom or give her a share of good sense.

Lamentations 4:3
Even jackals offer their breasts to nurse their young, but my people have become heartless like ostriches in the desert.

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