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Job 39:5

    Job 39:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Who has sent out the wild ass free? or who has loosed the bands of the wild ass?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Who hath sent out the wild ass free? Or who hath loosed the bonds of the swift ass,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Who has let the ass of the fields go free? or made loose the bands of the loud-voiced beast?

    Webster's Revision

    Who hath sent out the wild ass free? Or who hath loosed the bonds of the swift ass,

    World English Bible

    "Who has set the wild donkey free? Or who has loosened the bonds of the swift donkey,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 39:5

    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.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 39:5

    The dog:

    But now they who are younger than I have me in derision,

    Whose fathers I would have disdained to set with the

    Dogs of my flock. Job 30:1.

    The jackal:

    I am become a brother to the jackal,

    And a companion to the ostrich. Job 30:29.

    The mountain-goat and the hind:

    Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth?

    Or canst thou observe the birth-throes of the hind?

    Canst thou number the months that they fulfil?

    Knowest thou the season when they bring forth?

    They bow themselves; they give birth to their young;

    They cast forth their sorrows.

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    Wesley's Notes on Job 39:5

    39:5 Sent - Who hath given him this disposition that he loves freedom, and hates that subjection which other creatures quietly endure? Loosed - Who keeps him from receiving the bands, and submitting to the service of man.
    Book: Job