Job 39:11
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New International Version
Will you rely on it for its great strength? Will you leave your heavy work to it?

New Living Translation
Given its strength, can you trust it? Can you leave and trust the ox to do your work?

English Standard Version
Will you depend on him because his strength is great, and will you leave to him your labor?

New American Standard Bible
"Will you trust him because his strength is great And leave your labor to him?

King James Bible
Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Can you depend on it because its strength is great? Would you leave it to do your hard work?

International Standard Version
Will you trust him because of his great strength and entrust your labor to him?

NET Bible
Will you rely on it because its strength is great? Will you commit your labor to it?

New Heart English Bible
Will you trust him, because his strength is great? Or will you leave to him your labor?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Can you trust it just because it's so strong or leave your labor to it?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? Or wilt thou leave thy labour to him?

New American Standard 1977
“Will you trust him because his strength is great
            And leave your labor to him?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Wilt thou trust him because his strength is great? Or wilt thou leave thy labour to him?

King James 2000 Bible
Will you trust him, because his strength is great? or will you leave your labor to him?

American King James Version
Will you trust him, because his strength is great? or will you leave your labor to him?

American Standard Version
Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? Or wilt thou leave to him thy labor?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wilt thou have confidence in his great strength, and leave thy labours to him?

Darby Bible Translation
Wilt thou put confidence in him, because his strength is great? and wilt thou leave thy labour to him?

English Revised Version
Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou leave to him thy labour?

Webster's Bible Translation
Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labor to him?

World English Bible
Will you trust him, because his strength is great? Or will you leave to him your labor?

Young's Literal Translation
Dost thou trust in him because great is his power? And dost thou leave unto him thy labour?
Study Bible
God Speaks of His Creation
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? 12"Will you have faith in him that he will return your grain And gather it from your threshing floor?…
Cross References
Job 39:10
"Can you bind the wild ox in a furrow with ropes, Or will he harrow the valleys after you?

Job 39:12
"Will you have faith in him that he will return your grain And gather it from your threshing floor?
Treasury of Scripture

Will you trust him, because his strength is great? or will you leave your labor to him?

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Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember …

Psalm 33:16,17 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man …

Psalm 147:10 He delights not in the strength of the horse: he takes not pleasure …

Isaiah 30:16 But you said, No; for we will flee on horses; therefore shall you …

Isaiah 31:1-3 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and …

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Genesis 1:26,28 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and …

Genesis 9:2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast …

Genesis 42:26 And they laded their donkeys with the corn, and departed there.

Psalm 144:14 That our oxen may be strong to labor; that there be no breaking in, …

Proverbs 14:4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the …

Isaiah 30:6 The burden of the beasts of the south: into the land of trouble and …

Isaiah 46:1 Bel bows down, Nebo stoops, their idols were on the beasts, and on …

Verse 11. - Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? If a man could bind the urns to his plough or to his harrow, still he could not "trust" him. The huge brute would be sure to prove unmanageable, and would only cause damage to his owner. Or wilt thou leave thy labour to him? As thou leavest many labours to thy oxen, confiding in their docility. Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great?.... No; tame oxen are employed because they are strong to labour, Psalm 144:14; and they are to be trusted, in ploughing or treading out the corn, under direction, because they are manageable, and will attend to business with constancy; but the wild ox, though stronger, and so fitter for labour, is yet not to be trusted, because unruly and unmanageable: if that sort of wild oxen called "uri" could be thought to be meant, for which Bootius (h) contends, Caesar's account of them would agree with this character of the "reem", as to his great strength: he says of them (i), they are in size a little smaller than elephants, of the kind, colour, and shape of a bull; they are of great strength and of great swiftness, and not to be tamed;

or wilt thou leave thy labour to him? to plough thy fields, to harrow thy lands, and to bring home the ripe corn? as in Job 39:12; thou wilt not.

(h) Animadvers. Sacr. l. 3. c. 1. s. 14. (i) Comment. de Bello Gall. l. 6. c. 27. 11. thy labour—rustic work.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.
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