Job 39:23
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New International Version
The quiver rattles against its side, along with the flashing spear and lance.

New Living Translation
The arrows rattle against it, and the spear and javelin flash.

English Standard Version
Upon him rattle the quiver, the flashing spear, and the javelin.

New American Standard Bible
"The quiver rattles against him, The flashing spear and javelin.

King James Bible
The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A quiver rattles at his side, along with a flashing spear and a lance.

International Standard Version
A quiver of arrows rattles against his side, along with a flashing spear and a lance.

NET Bible
On it the quiver rattles; the lance and javelin flash.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A quiver of arrows rattles on it along with the flashing spear and javelin.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The quiver rattles against him, the glittering spear and the shield.

King James 2000 Bible
The quiver rattles against him, the glittering spear and the javelin.

American King James Version
The quiver rattles against him, the glittering spear and the shield.

American Standard Version
The quiver rattleth against him, The flashing spear and the javelin.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Above him shall the quiver rattle, the spear and shield shall glitter.

Darby Bible Translation
The quiver rattleth upon him, the glittering spear and the javelin.

English Revised Version
The quiver rattleth against him, the flashing spear and the javelin.

Webster's Bible Translation
The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield.

World English Bible
The quiver rattles against him, the flashing spear and the javelin.

Young's Literal Translation
Against him rattle doth quiver, The flame of a spear, and a halbert.
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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 23. - The quiver rattleth against him. In the Aasyrian sculptures the quiver of mounted archers is often hung at the side, instead of at the back. In this position it would rattle against the neck of the war-horse (see 'Ancient Monarchies,' vol. 2 p. 25). The glittering spear and the shield would occasionally strike against his neck or his shoulders.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The quiver rattleth against him,.... The quiver is what arrows are put into and carried in, and seems here to be put for arrows, which being shot by the enemy come whizzing about him, but do not intimidate him; unless this is to be understood of arrows rattling in the quiver when carried by the rider "upon him", so some render the last word; and thus Homer (w) and Virgil (x) speak of the rattling quiver and sounding arrows in it, as carried on the back or shoulder; but the first sense seems best, in which another poet uses it (y);

the glittering spear and the shield; the lance or javelin, as Mr. Broughton renders it, and others; that is, he does not turn back from these, nor is he frightened at them when they are pointed to him or flung at him; so Aelianus (z) speaks of the Persians training their horses and getting them used to noises, that in battle they might not be frightened at the clashing of arms, of swords and shields against each other; in like manner as our war horses are trained, not to start at the firing of a gun, or the explosion of a cannon.

(w) Iliad. 1. v. 4. (x) "Pharetramqne sonantem". Aeneid. 9. v. 666. (y) "----audito sonitu per inane pharetrae". Ovid. Metamorph. l. 6. v. 230. (z) De Animal. l. 16. c. 25.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

23. quiver—for the arrows, which they contain, and which are directed "against him."

glittering spear—literally, "glittering of the spear," like "lightning of the spear" (Hab 3:11).

shield—rather, "lance."

Job 39:23 Additional Commentaries
Context
God Speaks of His Creation
22"He laughs at fear and is not dismayed; And he does not turn back from the sword. 23"The quiver rattles against him, The flashing spear and javelin. 24"With shaking and rage he races over the ground, And he does not stand still at the voice of the trumpet.…
Cross References
Job 39:22
It laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; it does not shy away from the sword.

Job 39:24
In frenzied excitement it eats up the ground; it cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.

Nahum 2:3
The shields of the soldiers are red; the warriors are clad in scarlet. The metal on the chariots flashes on the day they are made ready; the spears of juniper are brandished.
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