Job 39:16
Parallel Verses
New International Version
She treats her young harshly, as if they were not hers; she cares not that her labor was in vain,

New Living Translation
She is harsh toward her young, as if they were not her own. She doesn't care if they die.

English Standard Version
She deals cruelly with her young, as if they were not hers; though her labor be in vain, yet she has no fear,

New American Standard Bible
"She treats her young cruelly, as if they were not hers; Though her labor be in vain, she is unconcerned;

King James Bible
She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers: her labour is in vain without fear;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
She treats her young harshly, as if they were not her own, with no fear that her labor may have been in vain.

International Standard Version
She mistreats her young as though they're not hers, and she has no fear that her labor may be in vain,

NET Bible
She is harsh with her young, as if they were not hers; she is unconcerned about the uselessness of her labor.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It acts harshly toward its young as if they weren't its own. It is not afraid that its work is for nothing

JPS Tanakh 1917
She is hardened against her young ones, as if they were not hers; Though her labour be in vain, she is without fear;

New American Standard 1977
“She treats her young cruelly, as if they were not hers;
            Though her labor be in vain, she is unconcerned;

Jubilee Bible 2000
She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers, not fearing that her labour is in vain,

King James 2000 Bible
She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers: her labor is in vain without concern;

American King James Version
She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not her's: her labor is in vain without fear;

American Standard Version
She dealeth hardly with her young ones, as if they were not hers: Though her labor be in vain,'she is without fear;

Douay-Rheims Bible
She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers, she hath laboured in vain, no fear constraining her.

Darby Bible Translation
She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers; her labour is in vain, without her concern.

English Revised Version
She is hardened against her young ones, as if they were not hers: though her labour be in vain, she is without fear;

Webster's Bible Translation
She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers: her labor is in vain without fear;

World English Bible
She deals harshly with her young ones, as if they were not hers. Though her labor is in vain, she is without fear,

Young's Literal Translation
Her young ones it hath hardened without her, In vain is her labour without fear.
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
God Speaks of His Creation
15And she forgets that a foot may crush them, Or that a wild beast may trample them. 16"She treats her young cruelly, as if they were not hers; Though her labor be in vain, she is unconcerned; 17Because God has made her forget wisdom, And has not given her a share of understanding.…
Cross References
Job 39:15
And she forgets that a foot may crush them, Or that a wild beast may trample them.

Job 39:17
Because God has made her forget wisdom, And has not given her a share of understanding.

Lamentations 4:3
Even jackals offer the breast, They nurse their young; But the daughter of my people has become cruel Like ostriches in the wilderness.
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