Job 39:6
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New International Version
I gave it the wasteland as its home, the salt flats as its habitat.

New Living Translation
I have placed it in the wilderness; its home is the wasteland.

English Standard Version
to whom I have given the arid plain for his home and the salt land for his dwelling place?

New American Standard Bible
To whom I gave the wilderness for a home And the salt land for his dwelling place?

King James Bible
Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I made the wilderness its home, and the salty wasteland its dwelling.

International Standard Version
to whom I've given the Arabah for a home; the salt plain for his dwelling place?

NET Bible
to whom I appointed the steppe for its home, the salt wastes as its dwelling place?

New Heart English Bible
Whose home I have made the wilderness, and the salt land his dwelling place?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I gave it the desert to live in and the salt flats as its dwelling place.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Whose house I have made the wilderness, And the salt land his dwelling-place.

New American Standard 1977
To whom I gave the wilderness for a home,
            And the salt land for his dwelling place?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Unto whom I made a house in the wilderness, and his dwellings in the salty land.

King James 2000 Bible
Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings.

American King James Version
Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings.

American Standard Version
Whose home I have made the wilderness, And the salt land his dwelling-place?

Douay-Rheims Bible
To whom I have given a house in the wilderness, and his dwellings in the barren land.

Darby Bible Translation
Whose house I made the wilderness, and the salt plain his dwellings?

English Revised Version
Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the salt land his dwelling place.

Webster's Bible Translation
Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings.

World English Bible
Whose home I have made the wilderness, and the salt land his dwelling place?

Young's Literal Translation
Whose house I have made the wilderness, And his dwellings the barren land,
Study Bible
God Speaks of His Creation
5"Who sent out the wild donkey free? And who loosed the bonds of the swift donkey, 6To whom I gave the wilderness for a home And the salt land for his dwelling place? 7"He scorns the tumult of the city, The shoutings of the driver he does not hear.…
Cross References
Job 24:5
"Behold, as wild donkeys in the wilderness They go forth seeking food in their activity, As bread for their children in the desert.

Job 39:7
"He scorns the tumult of the city, The shoutings of the driver he does not hear.

Psalm 107:34
A fruitful land into a salt waste, Because of the wickedness of those who dwell in it.

Jeremiah 2:24
A wild donkey accustomed to the wilderness, That sniffs the wind in her passion. In the time of her heat who can turn her away? All who seek her will not become weary; In her month they will find her.

Jeremiah 14:6
"The wild donkeys stand on the bare heights; They pant for air like jackals, Their eyes fail For there is no vegetation.

Jeremiah 17:6
"For he will be like a bush in the desert And will not see when prosperity comes, But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness, A land of salt without inhabitant.

Hosea 8:9
For they have gone up to Assyria, Like a wild donkey all alone; Ephraim has hired lovers.
Treasury of Scripture

Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings.

barren land. Heb. salt places

Deuteronomy 29:23 And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, …

Psalm 107:34 A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.

Jeremiah 17:6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when …

Ezekiel 47:11 But the miry places thereof and the marshes thereof shall not be …

Verse 6. - Whose house I have made the wilderness. The Mesopotamian regions inhabited by the Asinus hemippus are those vast stretches of rolling plain, treeless, producing a few aromatic shrubs and much wormwood, which intervene between the Sinjar mountain-range and the Babylonian alluvium. Here the wild ass was seen by Xenophon and the Ten Thousand, in company with ostriches, gazelles, and bustards (Xen., 'Anab.,' 1:5); and here Sir Austin Layard also made its acquaintance ('Nineveh and Babylon,' p. 270). The Asians onager frequents the deserts of Khorassan and Beloochistan, which are even more barren than the Mesepotamian. And the barren land his dwellings; rather, the salt land (see the Revised Version). The great desert of Khorassan is largely impregnated with salt, and in places encrusted with it. The wild ass licks salt with avidity. Whose house I have made the wilderness,.... Appointed that to be his place of residence, as being agreeable to his nature, at a distance from men, and in the less danger of being brought into subjection by them. Such were the deserts of Arabia; where, as Xenophon (n) relates, were many of these creatures, and which he represents as very swift: and Leo Africanus (o) says, great numbers of them are found in deserts, and on the borders of deserts; hence said to be used to the wilderness Jeremiah 2:24;

and the barren land his dwellings; not entirely barren, for then it could not live there; but comparatively, with respect to land that is fruitful: or "salt land" (p); for, as Pliny (q) says, every place where salt is, is barren.

(n) De Expedition. Cyri, l. 1.((o) Descriptio Africae, l. 9. p. 752. (p) "salsuginem", Montanus; "salsuginosam terram", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. (q) Nat. Hist. l. 31. c. 7. 6. barren—literally, "salt," that is, unfruitful. (So Ps 107:34, Margin.)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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