Job 39:25

“He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Hee saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha: and he smelleth the battaile afarre off, the thunder of the captaines, and the shouting.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"As often as the trumpet {sounds} he says, 'Aha!' And he scents the battle from afar, And the thunder of the captains and the war cry.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

As oft as the trumpet `soundeth' he saith, Aha! And he smelleth the battle afar off, The thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
- American Standard Version (1901)

When it comes to his ears he says, Aha! He is smelling the fight from far off, and hearing the thunder of the captains, and the war-cries.
- Basic English Bible

At the noise of the trumpets he saith, Aha! and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
- Darby Bible

He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
- Webster's Bible

As often as the trumpet sounds he snorts, 'Aha!' He smells the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
- World English Bible

Among the trumpets he saith, Aha, And from afar he doth smell battle, Roaring of princes and shouting.
- Youngs Literal Bible

As oft as he heareth the horn he saith: 'Ha, ha!' and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Job 39:25


39:25 Ha, ha - An expression of joy and alacrity declared by his proud neighings. Thunder - The loud and joyful clamour begun by the commanders, and followed by the soldiers when they are ready to join battle.


Discussion for Job 39

  • SJames
    Verses about the horse are used very dramatically and effectively in the opening scene of "Secretariat " narrated by Diane Lane.
  • Michael Webb
    Verses 19-25 have topical resonance, having read through the chapter today (from the later NIV) in the wake of the new film 'War Horse'. Would have chimed well with devout cavalry soldiers in WWI who learned their scripture from the KJV. A great-uncle of mine was a Farrier Sergeant in the artillery in same war when horses were employed for gun towing. I still have his 'dog tag' with C.E. initials which would have ensured he was buried with appropriate rites if found dead - fortunately he survived the war.
  • Unicorn... might have been a name for a animal thats extinct now.

    Science is knowledge and truths gained through observation and replecation. So how do you know there has never been a horse with one horn?

    Alot of scientist still beleive in evolution without any evidence or proof and claim it to be scientific fact.
  • Derek
    unicorn in this verse is a hebrew word for wild bull. it is Hebrew 7214 in the Greek/Hebrew dictionary
  • Lynette
    bible.net

    "probably the great aurochs or wild bulls which are now extinct. The exact meaning is not known."
  • hehe, Unicorns! Could it possibly just mean "a white horse with a horn", meaning the bible is scientifically incorrect? Surely not! :)

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