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Job 39:10

    Job 39:10 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Can you bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after you?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Canst thou bind the wild-ox with his band in the furrow? Or will he harrow the valleys after thee?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Will he be pulling your plough with cords, turning up the valleys after you?

    Webster's Revision

    Canst thou bind the wild-ox with his band in the furrow? Or will he harrow the valleys after thee?

    World English Bible

    Can you hold the wild ox in the furrow with his harness? Or will he till the valleys after you?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Canst thou bind the wild-ox with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?

    Definitions for Job 39:10

    Furrow - Groove in the earth made by a plow.
    Harrow - A sharp, pointed instrument.
    Unicorn - Wild ox.

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 39:10

    Canst thou bind the unicorn - in the furrow? - He will not plough, nor draw in the yoke with another? nor canst thou use him singly, to harrow the ground.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 39:10

    Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? - That is, with the common traces or cords which are employed in binding oxen to the plow.

    Or will he harrow the valleys after thee? - The word "valleys" here is used to denote such ground as was capable of being plowed or harrowed. Hills and mountains could not thus be cultivated, though the spade was in common use in planting the vine there, and even in preparing them for seed, Isaiah 7:25. The phrase "after thee" indicates that the custom of driving cattle in harrowing then was the same as that practiced now with oxen, when the person who employs them goes in advance of them. It shows that they were entirely under subjection, and it is here implied that the ראם re'êm could not be thus tamed.
    Book: Job