Job 39:20
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New International Version
Do you make it leap like a locust, striking terror with its proud snorting?

King James Bible
Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible.

Darby Bible Translation
Dost thou make him to leap as a locust? His majestic snorting is terrible.

World English Bible
Have you made him to leap as a locust? The glory of his snorting is awesome.

Young's Literal Translation
Dost thou cause him to rush as a locust? The majesty of his snorting is terrible.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Hast thou given the horse strength? - Before I proceed to any observations, I shall give Mr. Good's version of this, perhaps inimitable, description: -

Job 39:19 Hast thou bestowed on the horse mettle?Hast thou clothed his neck with the thunder flash?

Job 39:20 Hast thou given him to launch forth as an arrow?Terrible is the pomp of his nostrils.

Job 39:21 He paweth in the valley, and exulteth.Boldly he advanceth against the clashing host:

Job 39:22 He mocketh at fear, and trembleth not:Nor turneth he back from the sword.

Job 39:23 Against him rattleth the quiver,The glittering spear, and the shield:

Job 39:24 With rage and fury he devoureth the ground;And is impatient when the trumpet soundeth.

Job 39:25 He exclaimeth among the trumpets, Aha!And scenteth the battle afar off,The thunder of the chieftains, and the shouting.

In the year 1713, a letter was sent to the Guardian, which makes No. 86 of that work, containing a critique on this description, compared with similar descriptions of Homer and Virgil. I shall give the substance of it here: -

The great Creator, who accommodated himself to those to whom he vouchsafed to speak, hath put into the mouths of his prophets such sublime sentiments and exalted language as must abash the pride and wisdom of man. In the book of Job, the most ancient poem in the world, we have such paintings and descriptions as I have spoken of in great variety. I shall at present make some remarks on the celebrated description of the horse, in that holy book; and compare it with those drawn by Homer and Virgil.

Homer hath the following similitude of a horse twice over in the Iliad, which Virgil hath copied from him; at least he hath deviated less from Homer than Mr. Dryden hath from him: -

Ὡς δ' ὁτε τις στατος ἱππος, ακοστησας επι φατνη,

Δεσμον απορῥηξας θειει πεδιοιο κροαινων,

Ειωθως λουεσθαι εΰρῥειος ποταμοιο,

continued...

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the glory

Job 41:20,21 Out of his nostrils goes smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron...

Jeremiah 8:16 The snorting of his horses was heard from Dan: the whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones; for they are come...

terrible. Heb. terrors

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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 39:19
"Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane?

Psalm 109:23
I fade away like an evening shadow; I am shaken off like a locust.

Jeremiah 8:16
The snorting of the enemy's horses is heard from Dan; at the neighing of their stallions the whole land trembles. They have come to devour the land and everything in it, the city and all who live there.

Joel 2:5
With a noise like that of chariots they leap over the mountaintops, like a crackling fire consuming stubble, like a mighty army drawn up for battle.

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