Job 39:14
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New International Version
She lays her eggs on the ground and lets them warm in the sand,

New Living Translation
She lays her eggs on top of the earth, letting them be warmed in the dust.

English Standard Version
For she leaves her eggs to the earth and lets them be warmed on the ground,

New American Standard Bible
For she abandons her eggs to the earth And warms them in the dust,

King James Bible
Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
She abandons her eggs on the ground and lets them be warmed in the sand.

International Standard Version
She abandons her eggs on the ground and lets them be warmed in the sand,

NET Bible
For she leaves her eggs on the ground, and lets them be warmed on the soil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It lays its eggs on the ground and warms them in the dust.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Who leaves her eggs in the earth and warms them in dust

King James 2000 Bible
Which leaves her eggs in the earth, and warms them in dust,

American King James Version
Which leaves her eggs in the earth, and warms them in dust,

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
When she leaveth her eggs on the earth, thou perhaps wilt warm them in the dust.

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

English Revised Version
For she leaveth her eggs on the earth, and warmeth them in the dust,

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

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

Young's Literal Translation
For she leaveth on the earth her eggs, And on the dust she doth warm them,
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 14. - Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust. The best authorities tell us that in tropical countries ostriches, having scratched a hole in the sand, and deposited their eggs in it, cover the eggs over with a layer of sand, sometimes as much as a foot in thickness, and, leaving them during the daytime to be kept warm by the heat of the sun, only incubate at night. It is evidently this habit of the bird that is here alluded to. That in cooler countries ostriches do not do this is not to the point. The habit was known in Job's time, and was so noticeable as to characterize the bird to a large extent.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Which leaveth her eggs in the earth,.... Lays them and leaves them there. Aelianus, agreeably to this, says (w), that it builds a low nest in the ground, making a hollow in the sand with its feet; though he seems to be mistaken as to the number of its eggs, which he makes to be more than eighty; more truly Leo Africanus (x), who reckons them ten or twelve; which, he says, it lays in the sand, and each of them are of the size of a cannon ball, and weigh fifteen pounds, more or less. Hence, with the Arabs, it is called

"the mother of eggs,''

because of the large eggs it lays; and with them it is a proverb,

"meaner, or of a lesser account, than the eggs of an ostrich,''

because its eggs are neglected by it (y);

and warmeth them in the dust; not that she leaves them to be warmed by the hot sand, or by the heat of the sun upon them, by which they are hatched, as has been commonly said, for thereby they would rather be corrupted and become rotten; but she herself warms them and hatches them, by sitting upon them in the dust and sand: and for this the above historian is express, who says (z), the female lighting on these eggs, whether her own or another's, sits on them and heats them. Concerning the ostrich hatching its eggs, Vansleb (a), from an Arabic manuscript, relates what is incredible, that they are hatched by the male and female with their eye only; that one or other of them keep continually looking at them until they are all hatched; and this I observe is asserted also by another writer (b).

(w) De Animal. l. 14. c. 17. (x) Ut supra. (Descriptio Africaae, l. 9. p. 766.) (y) Hottinger. Smegm. Orient. l. 1. c. 7. p. 128. (z) Descript. Africae, ut supra. (l. 9. p. 766.) Vid. Aelian. l. 4. c. 37. (a) Relation of a Voyage to Egypt, p. 64. (b) Coelius, l. 10. c. 5. apud Sanctium in loc.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14, 15. Yet (unlike the stork) she "leaveth," &c. Hence called by the Arabs "the impious bird." However, the fact is, she lays her eggs with great care and hatches them, as other birds do; but in hot countries the eggs do not need so constant incubation; she therefore often leaves them and sometimes forgets the place on her return. Moreover, the outer eggs, intended for food, she feeds to her young; these eggs, lying separate in the sand, exposed to the sun, gave rise to the idea of her altogether leaving them. God describes her as she seems to man; implying, though she may seem foolishly to neglect her young, yet really she is guided by a sure instinct from God, as much as animals of instincts widely different.

Job 39:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
God Speaks of His Creation
13"The ostriches' wings flap joyously With the pinion and plumage of love, 14For she abandons her eggs to the earth And warms them in the dust, 15And she forgets that a foot may crush them, Or that a wild beast may trample them.…
Cross References
Job 39:13
"The wings of the ostrich flap joyfully, though they cannot compare with the wings and feathers of the stork.

Job 39:15
unmindful that a foot may crush them, that some wild animal may trample them.

Isaiah 44:15
It is used as fuel for burning; some of it he takes and warms himself, he kindles a fire and bakes bread. But he also fashions a god and worships it; he makes an idol and bows down to it.

Lamentations 4:3
Even jackals offer their breasts to nurse their young, but my people have become heartless like ostriches in the desert.
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