New International Version
"Who let the wild donkey go free? Who untied its ropes?
King James Bible
Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?
Darby Bible Translation
Who hath sent out the wild ass free? and who hath loosed the bands of the onager,
World English Bible
"Who has set the wild donkey free? Or who has loosened the bonds of the swift donkey,
Young's Literal Translation
Who hath sent forth the wild ass free? Yea, the bands of the wild ass who opened?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Who hath sent out the wild ass free? - פרא pere, which we translate wild ass, is the same as the ονος αγριος of the Greeks, and the onager of the Latins; which must not, says Buffon, be confounded with the zebra, for this is an animal of a different species from the ass. The wild ass is not striped like the zebra, nor so elegantly shaped. There are many of those animals in the deserts of Libya and Numidia: they are of a gray color; and run so swiftly that no horse but the Arab barbs can overtake them. Wild asses are found in considerable numbers in East and South Tartary, in Persia, Syria, the islands of the Archipelago, and throughout Mauritania. They differ from tame asses only in their independence and liberty, and in their being stronger and more nimble: but in their shape they are the same. See on Job 6:5 (note).
The bands of the wild ass? - ערוד arod, the brayer, the same animal, but called thus because of the frequent and peculiar noise he makes. But Mr. Good supposes this to be a different animal from the wild ass, (the jichta or equus hemionus), which is distinguished by having solid hoofs, a uniform color, no cross on the back, and the tail hairy only at the tip. The ears and tail resemble those of the zebra; the hoofs and body, those of the ass; and the limbs, those of the horse. It inhabits Arabia, China, Siberia, and Tartary, in glassy saline plains or salt wastes, as mentioned in the following verse.
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LibraryWhether 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 …
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Prov. 22:06 the Duties of Parents
He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone's hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers."
Does a wild donkey bray when it has grass, or an ox bellow when it has fodder?
But the witless can no more become wise than a wild donkey's colt can be born human.
Like wild donkeys in the desert, the poor go about their labor of foraging food; the wasteland provides food for their children.
Their young thrive and grow strong in the wilds; they leave and do not return.
They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
Wild donkeys stand on the barren heights and pant like jackals; their eyes fail for lack of food."
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