Job 39:14

“Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Job 39:14

Which leaueth her egges in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For she abandons her eggs to the earth And warms them in the dust,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For she leaveth her eggs on the earth, And warmeth them in the dust,
- American Standard Version (1901)

That she puts her eggs on the earth, warming them in the dust,
- Basic English Bible

For she leaveth her eggs to the earth, and warmeth them in the dust,
- Darby Bible

Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in the dust,
- Webster's Bible

For she leaves her eggs on the earth, warms them in the dust,
- World English Bible

For she leaveth on the earth her eggs, And on the dust she doth warm them,
- Youngs Literal Bible

For she leaveth her eggs on the earth, and warmeth them in dust,
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Job 39:14

Wesley's Notes for Job 39:14

39:16 Her labour - In laying her eggs is in vain, because she hath not the fear and tender concern for them, which she should have.

Discussion for Job 39:14

  • 2 Samuel 22 on CLOUDS on Job 39:14
    2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;

    3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.

    4 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

    5 When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid;

    6 The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;

    7 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.

    8 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth.

    9 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.

    10 He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness was under his feet.

    11 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind.

    12 And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and thick CLOUDS of the skies.

    13 Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled.

    14 The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice.

    15 And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and discomfited them.

    16 And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were discovered, at the rebuking of the LORD, at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.

    17 He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters;

    18 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me.

    19 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.

    20 He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

    21 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.

    22 For I have kept the ways of the LORD,
  • Benjamin Garcia on Job 39:14
    What exactly is meant by this verse?
  • Chris - in Reply on Job 39:14
    As you know, God is now speaking to Job (from Job chapter 38 onwards). God gives Job a whole list of things that He does, to which Job & others cannot have input to - all this to show Job that God is in control, not Job - He knows what He is doing & how He looks at things & at people.

    So in Job 39:13, God refers to the peacock & ostrich, who carelessly leave their eggs buried in the earth, ignorant that something can pass by & crush those eggs. God says that He has deprived these animals of 'wisdom' to know or to look ahead as to the other possibilities of the eggs' survival. The bird only knows to lay its eggs & bury them; she gives no further thought about their further protection. Like the proverbial ostrich which buries its head in the sand, believing that no one can see it, since it can't see anyone.

    Job was not to be like such animals devoid of understanding (you will need to look for this truth as you read the Book of Job, as it would be too much to write here). Rather Job needed to realize his humanity, his lack of wisdom & need to accept God's actions & dealings with him.

    After this great dialogue by the Lord, Job finally realized that his wisdom lay in his being quiet before the Lord (Job 40:3-5). As James 1:19 says: "let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath".


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