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

New Living Translation
It paws the ground fiercely and rushes forward into battle when the ram's horn blows.

English Standard Version
With fierceness and rage he swallows the ground; he cannot stand still at the sound of the trumpet.

New American Standard Bible
"With shaking and rage he races over the ground, And he does not stand still at the voice of the trumpet.

King James Bible
He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He charges ahead with trembling rage; he cannot stand still at the trumpet's sound.

International Standard Version
Leaping in his excitement, he takes in the ground; he cannot stand still when the trumpets sound!

NET Bible
In excitement and impatience it consumes the ground; it cannot stand still when the trumpet is blown.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Anxious and excited, the horse eats up the ground and doesn't trust the sound of the ram's horn.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He swallows the ground with fierceness and rage; the sound of the shofar does not trouble him;

King James 2000 Bible
He swallows the ground with fierceness and rage: neither does he halt at the sound of the trumpet.

American King James Version
He swallows the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believes he that it is the sound of the trumpet.

American Standard Version
He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage; Neither believeth he that it is the voice of the trumpet.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Chasing and raging he swalloweth the ground, neither doth he make account when the noise of the trumpet soundeth.

Darby Bible Translation
He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage, and cannot contain himself at the sound of the trumpet:

English Revised Version
He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage; neither believeth he that it is the voice of the trumpet.

Webster's Bible Translation
He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet.

World English Bible
He eats up the ground with fierceness and rage, neither does he stand still at the sound of the trumpet.

Young's Literal Translation
With trembling and rage he swalloweth the ground, And remaineth not stedfast Because of the sound of a trumpet.
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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 24. - He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and. rage. This is a common metaphor to denote the rapidity with which the horse covers the space that lies before him. Virgil has, "Corripiuut spatia" ('AEnid,' 5:316); Silius ltalions, "Campum volatu rapucre" (3:308); Shakespeare, "He seemed in running to devour the way." Arab poets have similar expressions (see Bochart, ' Hieroz.,' pt. 1. bk. 2. o. 8). Neither beiieveth he that it is the sound of the trumpet. (So Schultens, Canon Cook, and our Revisers.) But most recent critics prefer to render, "He standeth not still when the trumpet soundeth," and compare Virgil's "Stare loco nescit" ('Georg.,' 3:84).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage,.... Being so eager for the battle, and so full of fierceness and rage, he bounds the plain with such swiftness that he seems rather to swallow up the ground than to run upon it;

neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet; for joy at hearing it; or he will not trust to his ears, but will see with his eyes whether the battle is ready, and therefore pushes forward. Mr. Broughton and others read it, "he will not stand still at the noise of the trumpet"; and the word signifies firm and stable, as well as to believe; when he hears the trumpet sound, the alarm of war, as a preparation for the battle, he knows not how to (a) stand; there is scarce any holding him in, but he rushes into the battle at once, Jeremiah 8:6.

(a) "Stare loco nescit". Virgil. Georgic. l. 3. v. 84. "Ut fremit acer equus", &c. Ovid. Metamorph. l. 3. Fab. 10. v. 704.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

24. swalloweth—Fretting with impatience, he draws the ground towards him with his hoof, as if he would swallow it. The parallelism shows this to be the sense; not as Maurer, "scours over it."

neither believeth—for joy. Rather, "he will not stand still, when the note of the trumpet (soundeth)."

Job 39:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
God Speaks of His Creation
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. 25"As often as the trumpet sounds he says, 'Aha!' And he scents the battle from afar, And the thunder of the captains and the war cry.…
Cross References
Job 39:23
The quiver rattles against its side, along with the flashing spear and lance.

Job 39:25
At the blast of the trumpet it snorts, 'Aha!' It catches the scent of battle from afar, the shout of commanders and the battle cry.
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