Job 39:27
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New International Version
Does the eagle soar at your command and build its nest on high?

New Living Translation
Is it at your command that the eagle rises to the heights to make its nest?

English Standard Version
Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up and makes his nest on high?

New American Standard Bible
"Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up And makes his nest on high?

King James Bible
Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Does the eagle soar at your command and make its nest on high?

International Standard Version
Does the eagle soar high at your command and build its nest on the highest crags?

NET Bible
Is it at your command that the eagle soars, and builds its nest on high?

New Heart English Bible
Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up, and makes his nest on high?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Is it by your order that the eagle flies high and makes its nest on the heights?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Doth the vulture mount up at thy command, And make her nest on high?

New American Standard 1977
“Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up,
            And makes his nest on high?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Does the eagle mount up at thy command and make her nest on high?

King James 2000 Bible
Does the eagle mount up at your command, and make her nest on high?

American King James Version
Does the eagle mount up at your command, and make her nest on high?

American Standard Version
Is it at thy command that the eagle mounteth up, And maketh her nest on high?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Will the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest in high places?

Darby Bible Translation
Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make his nest on high?

English Revised Version
Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?

Webster's Bible Translation
Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?

World English Bible
Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up, and makes his nest on high?

Young's Literal Translation
At thy command goeth an eagle up high? Or lifteth he up his nest?
Study Bible
God Speaks of His Creation
26"Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars, Stretching his wings toward the south? 27"Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up And makes his nest on high? 28"On the cliff he dwells and lodges, Upon the rocky crag, an inaccessible place.…
Cross References
Job 39:26
"Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars, Stretching his wings toward the south?

Job 39:28
"On the cliff he dwells and lodges, Upon the rocky crag, an inaccessible place.

Jeremiah 49:16
"As for the terror of you, The arrogance of your heart has deceived you, O you who live in the clefts of the rock, Who occupy the height of the hill. Though you make your nest as high as an eagle's, I will bring you down from there," declares the LORD.

Obadiah 1:4
"Though you build high like the eagle, Though you set your nest among the stars, From there I will bring you down," declares the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

Does the eagle mount up at your command, and make her nest on high?

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Hosea 8:1 Set the trumpet to your mouth. He shall come as an eagle against …

at thy command. Heb. by thy mouth. make

Jeremiah 49:16 Your terribleness has deceived you, and the pride of your heart, …

Obadiah 1:4 Though you exalt yourself as the eagle, and though you set your nest …

Verse 27. - Doth the eagle mount up at thy command? The enumeration of natural marvels ends with the eagle, the monarch of birds, as it began with the lion, the king of beasts (Job 38:39). The power of the eagle to "mount up," notwithstanding its great size and weight, is very surprising. The species intended in this place is probably the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) or else the imperial eagle (Aquila heliaca)' which arc both of them common in Syria and Mesopotamia. And make her nest on high? The nests of eagles are almost always built on lofty, generally on inaccessible, rocks. Aristotle says, Ποιοῦνται δεαὐτὰς (sc, τὰς νεοττίας), οὐκ ἐν πεδινοῖς τόποις ἀλλ ἐν ὑψηκοῖς μάλιστα μὲν καὶ ἐν πέτραις ἀποκρήμνοις (comp. Jeremiah 49:16). Doth the eagle mount up at thy command,.... No; but by an instinct which God has placed in it, and a capacity he has given it above all other birds. They take a circuit in their flight, and bend about before they soar aloft: but the eagle steers its course directly upwards towards heaven, till out of sight; and, as Apuleius says (p), up to the clouds, where it rains and snows, and beyond which there is no place for thunder and lightning;

and make her nest on high? so the philosopher says (q); eagles make their nests not in plains, but in high places, especially in cragged rocks, as in Job 39:28.

(p) Florida 1.((q) Aristot. Hist. Animal. l. 9. c. 32. 27. eagle—It flies highest of all birds: thence called "the bird of heaven."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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