Job 39:10
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New International Version
Can you hold it to the furrow with a harness? Will it till the valleys behind you?

New Living Translation
Can you hitch a wild ox to a plow? Will it plow a field for you?

English Standard Version
Can you bind him in the furrow with ropes, or will he harrow the valleys after you?

New American Standard Bible
"Can you bind the wild ox in a furrow with ropes, Or will he harrow the valleys after you?

King James Bible
Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Can you hold the wild ox to a furrow by its harness? Will it plow the valleys behind you?

International Standard Version
Can you bind the ox to plow a furrow with a rope? Will he harrow after you in the valley?

NET Bible
Can you bind the wild ox to a furrow with its rope, will it till the valleys, following after you?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Can you guide a wild ox in a furrow, or will it plow the valleys behind you?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? Will he harrow the valleys after thee?

King James 2000 Bible
Can you bind the wild ox with ropes in the furrow? or will he plow the valleys behind you?

American King James Version
Can you bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after you?

American Standard Version
Canst thou bind the wild-ox with his band in the furrow? Or will he harrow the valleys after thee?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Canst thou bind the rhinoceros with thy thong to plough, or will he break the clods of the valleys after thee?

Darby Bible Translation
Canst thou bind the buffalo with his cord in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?

English Revised Version
Canst thou bind the wild-ox with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?

Webster's Bible Translation
Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?

World English Bible
Can you hold the wild ox in the furrow with his harness? Or will he till the valleys after you?

Young's Literal Translation
Dost thou bind a Reem in a furrow with his thick band? Doth he harrow valleys after thee?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

39:1-30 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? That is, "as thou bindest the ox?" Canst thou make him plough for thee? Or will he harrow the valleys after thee? Another common employment of oxen.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow?.... Put the yoke and harness upon him, and fasten it to the plough to draw it, that he may make furrows with it in the field, or plough up the ground as the tame ox does? thou canst not;

or will he harrow the valleys after thee? draw the harrow which is used after ploughing to break the clods, and make the land smooth and even? he will not: valleys are particularly mentioned, because arable land is usually in them; see Psalm 65:13.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. his band—fastened to the horns, as its chief strength lies in the head and shoulders.

after thee—obedient to thee; willing to follow, instead of being goaded on before thee.

Job 39:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
God Speaks of His Creation
9"Will the wild ox consent to serve you, Or will he spend the night at your manger? 10"Can you bind the wild ox in a furrow with ropes, Or will he harrow the valleys after you? 11"Will you trust him because his strength is great And leave your labor to him?…
Cross References
Numbers 23:22
God brought them out of Egypt; they have the strength of a wild ox.

Job 39:9
"Will the wild ox consent to serve you? Will it stay by your manger at night?

Job 39:11
Will you rely on it for its great strength? Will you leave your heavy work to it?
Treasury of Scripture

Can you bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after you?

Job 39:5,7 Who has sent out the wild donkey free? or who has loosed the bands …

Job 1:14 And there came a messenger to Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, …

Job 41:5 Will you play with him as with a bird? or will you bind him for your maidens?

Psalm 129:3 The plowers plowed on my back: they made long their furrows.

Hosea 10:10,11 It is in my desire that I should chastise them; and the people shall …

Micah 1:13 O you inhabitant of Lachish, bind the chariot to the swift beast: …

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