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Job 38:39

    Job 38:39 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Will you hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Canst thou hunt the prey for the lioness, Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Do you go after food for the she-lion, or get meat so that the young lions may have enough,

    Webster's Revision

    Canst thou hunt the prey for the lioness, Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,

    World English Bible

    "Can you hunt the prey for the lioness, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lioness? or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 38:39

    Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? - Rather the lioness, or strong lion. Hast thou his instinct? Dost thou know the habits and haunts of such animals as he seeks for his food? Thou hast neither his strength, his instinct nor his cunning. In the best Hebrew Bibles, the thirty-ninth chapter begins with this verse, and begins properly, as a new subject now commences, relating to the natural history of the earth, or the animal kingdom; as the preceding chapter does to astronomy and meteorology.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 38:39

    Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? - The appeal here is to the instincts with which God has endowed animals, and to the fact that he had so made them that they would secure their own food. He asks Job whether he would undertake to do what the lion did by instinct in finding his food, and by his power and skill in seizing his prey. There was a wise adaptation of the lion for this purpose which man could neither originate nor explain.

    Or fill the appetite of the young lions - Margin, as in Hebrew "life." The word life is used here for hunger, as the appetite is necessarily connected with the preservation of life. The meaning here is, "Wouldst thou undertake to supply his needs? It is done by laws, and in a manner which thou canst not explain. There are in the arrangement by which it is accomplished marks of wisdom which far surpass the skill of man to originate, and the instinct and power by which it is done are proof of the supremacy of the Most High." No one can study the subject of the instincts of animals, or become in the least acquainted with Natural History, without finding every where traces of the wisdom and goodness of God.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 38:39

    38:39 Hunt - Is it by thy care that the lions who live in desert places are furnished with necessary provisions? This is another wonderful work of God.
    Book: Job