Job Chapter 39
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Matthew Henry's Job Chapter 39 Bible commentary...
God inquires of Job concerning several animals.
- In these questions the Lord continued to humble Job. In this chapter several animals are spoken of, whose nature or situation particularly show the power, wisdom, and manifold works of God. The wild ass. It is better to labour and be good for something, than to ramble and be good for nothing. From the untameableness of this and other creatures, we may see, how unfit we are to give law to Providence, who cannot give law even to a wild ass's colt. The unicorn, a strong, stately, proud creature. He is able to serve, but not willing; and God challenges Job to force him to it. It is a great mercy if, where God gives strength for service, he gives a heart; it is what we should pray for, and reason ourselves into, which the brutes cannot do. Those gifts are not always the most valuable that make the finest show. Who would not rather have the voice of the nightingale, than the tail of the peacock; the eye of the eagle and her soaring wing, and the natural affection of the stork, than the beautiful feathers of the ostrich, which can never rise above the earth, and is without natural affection? The description of the war-horse helps to explain the character of presumptuous sinners. Every one turneth to his course, as the horse rushes into the battle. When a man's heart is fully set in him to do evil, and he is carried on in a wicked way, by the violence of his appetites and passions, there is no making him fear the wrath of God, and the fatal consequences of sin. Secure sinners think themselves as safe in their sins as the eagle in her nest on high, in the clefts of the rocks; but I will bring thee down from thence, saith the Lord, #Jer 49:16|. All these beautiful references to the works of nature, should teach us a right view of the riches of the wisdom of Him who made and sustains all things. The want of right views concerning the wisdom of God, which is ever present in all things, led Job to think and speak unworthily of Providence.
Michael Webb's Job Chapter 39 comment on 1/14/2012, 7:07am...
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.
Andre's Job Chapter 39 comment about verse 9 on 7/27/2011, 12:59am...
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's Job Chapter 39 comment on 9/27/2010, 1:48am...
unicorn in this verse is a hebrew word for wild bull. it is Hebrew 7214 in the Greek/Hebrew dictionary
Lynette's Job Chapter 39 comment on 9/25/2010, 11:45pm...
"probably the great aurochs or wild bulls which are now extinct. The exact meaning is not known."
JayVee's Job Chapter 39 comment about verse 9 on 3/23/2010, 11:21am...
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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