¶ Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth?
or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?
2 Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?
3 They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones, they cast out their sorrows.
4 Their young ones are in good liking, they grow up with corn; they go forth, and return not unto them.
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thou? Perhaps Job had seen the goats at a distance but he had
no answer for God.
1 - Wild goats Because they lived in remote rocky areas, they would have been difficult to study. God knew all about them.
1 - Hinds This may have been the female wild goat or the deer. Compare ps02909.
4 - Good liking This means "healthy and strong."
| 5 Who hath sent out the wild
ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?
6 Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings.
7 He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver.
8 The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.
|5 - Set the wild ass free See on jb1112. The domesticated donkey (ass) was under human control but Job couldn't control the wild ones that God had created free. Even though humans may have controlled them, the point is clear. The bands may have been the ropes that held the donkeys.|
Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?
10 Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?
11 Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him?
12 Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy barn?
|Unicorn The word means "one horn." This would indicate the rhinoceros. But the Hebrew rem doesn't give this idea. It was apparently a wild ox. It is described nine times in the OT. See nu2322, nu2408, de3317, ps02221, ps02906, ps09210. The Assyian word rimu seems to agree.|
| 13 ¶ Gavest thou the
goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?
14 Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,
15 And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.
16 She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers: her labour is in vain without fear;
.17 Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.
18 What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider.
- Hardened against See la0403.
17 - Deprived her Or "did not give to her." God cares about His creatures lu1206. He also has a place for people with fewer talents.
18 - Scorneth In other words, Job and we are still awed by this unintelligent bird.
| 19 ¶ Hast thou given
the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?
20 Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible.
21 He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men.
22 He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword.
- Thunder Hebrew ra'mah. Meaning uncertain although
the feminine form of the word is "thunder" in v25. We understand better
as we continue to read. The NIV reads "Do you give the horse his strength
or clothe his neck with a flowing mane?" The translators chose what would
20 - Nostrils This and pawing the ground and meeting armed men and so on give the picture of a war horse.
21 - Armed men Literally, "equipment," or "weapons."
| 23 The quiver rattleth against
him, the glittering spear and the shield.
24 He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet.
25 He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
|25 - Ha ha This may picture the sound of his snort. The Hebrew word is hehawkh which is translated "aha." On Thunder compare, is0528.|
| 26 ¶ Doth the hawk fly
by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south?
27 Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?
28 She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place.
29 From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.
30 Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is she.
- Fly by wisdom Bird migration is fascinating. Although we
can see some of the things that influence this phenomenon, how God programmed
their tiny brains, is beyond our understanding.
29 - Eyes Although the book of Job is very ancient, we still recognize the characteristics described.
30 - Where the slain are See mt2428, lu1737.