Job 38:39
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New International Version
"Do you hunt the prey for the lioness and satisfy the hunger of the lions

New Living Translation
"Can you stalk prey for a lioness and satisfy the young lions' appetites

English Standard Version
“Can you hunt the prey for the lion, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,

New American Standard Bible
"Can you hunt the prey for the lion, Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,

King James Bible
Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Can you hunt prey for a lioness or satisfy the appetite of young lions

International Standard Version
"Can you hunt prey for the lioness to satisfy young lions

NET Bible
"Do you hunt prey for the lioness, and satisfy the appetite of the lions,

New Heart English Bible
"Can you hunt the prey for the lioness, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Can you hunt prey for the lioness and satisfy the hunger of her cubs

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lioness? Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,

New American Standard 1977
“Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
            Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion or fill the appetite of the young lions,

King James 2000 Bible
Will you hunt the prey for the lion? or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,

American King James Version
Will you hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions,

American Standard Version
Canst thou hunt the prey for the lioness, Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wilt thou take the prey for the lioness, and satisfy the appetite of her whelps,

Darby Bible Translation
Dost thou hunt the prey for the lioness, and dost thou satisfy the appetite of the young lions,

English Revised Version
Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lioness? or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,

Webster's Bible Translation
Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions,

World English Bible
"Can you hunt the prey for the lioness, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,

Young's Literal Translation
Dost thou hunt for a lion prey? And the desire of young lions fulfil?
Study Bible
God Challenges Job
38When the dust hardens into a mass And the clods stick together? 39"Can you hunt the prey for the lion, Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions, 40When they crouch in their dens And lie in wait in their lair?…
Cross References
Job 38:38
When the dust hardens into a mass And the clods stick together?

Psalm 104:21
The young lions roar after their prey And seek their food from God.

Proverbs 6:30
Men do not despise a thief if he steals To satisfy himself when he is hungry;
Treasury of Scripture

Will you hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions,

Wilt

Job 4:10,11 The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the …

Psalm 34:10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the …

Psalm 104:21 The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.

Psalm 145:15,16 The eyes of all wait on you; and you give them their meat in due season…

appetite. Heb. life

(39) Wilt thou hunt the prey?--The new chapter ought to begin here with this verse, inasmuch as the animal creation now passes under review.

Verse 39. - Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? A new departure. Ch. 39 should commence from this point. What does Job know of the habits and instincts of animals? Can he arrange so that the lion (rather, lioness) shall obtain its proper prey, and thus fill the appetite - or, satisfy the appetite (Revised Version) - of the young lions, which depend on their dam? Certainly not. "The lions, roaring after their prey, do seek their meat from God" (Psalm 104:21). Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion?.... From meteors the Lord passes to animals, beasts, and birds, wherefore some here begin the thirty ninth chapter, which only treats of such; and he begins with the lion, the strongest among beasts, and most fierce; cruel, and voracious; and asks, who hunts his prey for him? Not man, who cannot; and if he could, durst not: but the Lord does; and, according to some writers (x), he has provided a small creature, between a fox and a wolf, called a jackal; which goes before the lion, and hunts the prey for him. And could this be understood particularly of the old lion, as Cocceius and others, naturalists (y) observe, that young lions hunt for the old ones, when they are not able to go in search of prey; and when they have got it, either bring it to them, or call them to partake of it with them;

or fill the appetite of the young lions, whose appetite is sharp and keen, and requires a great deal to fill it, and especially to satisfy a great many of them; herds of them, as Mr. Broughton renders the word, and which signifies a company; see Psalm 68:30. Men cannot feed them, but God can and does; there being some ends in Providence to be answered thereby, see Psalm 104:21; see also Psalm 34:8.

(x) Thevenot's Travels, part 2. c. 13. (y) Aelian. de Animal. l. 9. c. 1.39. At Job 38:39-39:30, the instincts of animals. Is it thou that givest it the instinct to hunt its prey? (Ps 104:21).

appetite—literally, "life," which depends on the appetite" (Job 33:20).38:25-41 Hitherto God had put questions to Job to show him his ignorance; now God shows his weakness. As it is but little that he knows, he ought not to arraign the Divine counsels; it is but little he can do, therefore he ought not to oppose the ways of Providence. See the all-sufficiency of the Divine Providence; it has wherewithal to satisfy the desire of every living thing. And he that takes care of the young ravens, certainly will not be wanting to his people. This being but one instance of the Divine compassion out of many, gives us occasion to think how much good our God does, every day, beyond what we are aware of. Every view we take of his infinite perfections, should remind us of his right to our love, the evil of sinning against him, and our need of his mercy and salvation.
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