Job 39:7
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New International Version
It laughs at the commotion in the town; it does not hear a driver's shout.

New Living Translation
It hates the noise of the city and has no driver to shout at it.

English Standard Version
He scorns the tumult of the city; he hears not the shouts of the driver.

New American Standard Bible
"He scorns the tumult of the city, The shoutings of the driver he does not hear.

King James Bible
He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It scoffs at the noise of the village and never hears the shouts of a driver.

International Standard Version
He despises city noises; he ignores the shouts of the driver.

NET Bible
It scorns the tumult in the town; it does not hear the shouts of a driver.

New Heart English Bible
He scorns the tumult of the city, neither does he hear the shouting of the driver.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It laughs at the noise of the city and doesn't [even] listen to the shouting of its master.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He scorneth the tumult of the city, Neither heareth he the shoutings of the driver.

New American Standard 1977
“He scorns the tumult of the city,
            The shoutings of the driver he does not hear.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He laughs at the multitude of the city, neither does he hearken to the voice of the exactor of tribute.

King James 2000 Bible
He scorns the multitude of the city, neither regards he the shouts of the driver.

American King James Version
He scorns the multitude of the city, neither regards he the crying of the driver.

American Standard Version
He scorneth the tumult of the city, Neither heareth he the shoutings of the driver.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He scorneth the multitude of the city, he heareth not the cry of the driver.

Darby Bible Translation
He laugheth at the tumult of the city, and heareth not the shouts of the driver;

English Revised Version
He scorneth the tumult of the city, neither heareth he the shoutings of the driver.

Webster's Bible Translation
He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver.

World English Bible
He scorns the tumult of the city, neither does he hear the shouting of the driver.

Young's Literal Translation
He doth laugh at the multitude of a city, The cries of an exactor he heareth not.
Study Bible
God Speaks of His Creation
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. 8"He explores the mountains for his pasture And searches after every green thing.…
Cross References
Job 39:6
To whom I gave the wilderness for a home And the salt land for his dwelling place?

Job 39:8
"He explores the mountains for his pasture And searches after every green thing.
Treasury of Scripture

He scorns the multitude of the city, neither regards he the crying of the driver.

scorneth

Job 39:18 What time she lifts up herself on high, she scorns the horse and his rider.

Job 3:18 There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor.

Isaiah 31:4 For thus has the LORD spoken to me, Like as the lion and the young …

driver. Heb. exactor

Exodus 5:13-16,18 And the taskmasters hurried them, saying, Fulfill your works, your …

Isaiah 58:3 Why have we fasted, say they, and you see not? why have we afflicted …

(7) The crying of the driver.--Or, the shoutings of the taskmaster. The word is the same as is applied to the taskmasters of Egypt, and this suggests the question whether or not there may be a reminiscence of that bondage here.

Verse 7. - He scorneth the multitude of the city. Avoids, that is, the haunts of men, and is never seen near them. Neither regardeth he the crying of the driver. Nothing will induce the wild ass to submit to domestication. He scorneth the multitude of the city,.... Choosing rather to be alone in the wilderness and free than to be among a multitude of men in a city, and be a slave as the tame ass; or it despises and defies a multitude of men, that may come out of cities to take it, Leo Africanus says (r) it yields to none for swiftness but Barbary horses: according to Xenophon (s), it exceeds the horse in swiftness; and when pursued by horsemen, it will outrun them, and stand still and rest till they come near it, and then start again; so that there is no taking it, unless many are employed. Aristotle (t) says it excels in swiftness; and, according to Bochart (u), it has its name in Hebrew from the Chaldee word "to run". Or it may be rendered, "the noise of the city", so Cocceius; the stir and bustle in it, through a multiplicity of men in business;

neither regardeth he the crying of the driver; or "hears" (w): he neither feels his blows, nor hears his words; urging him to move faster and make quicker dispatch, as the tame ass does; he being neither ridden nor driven, nor drawing in a cart or plough.

(r) Ut supra. (Descriptio Africae, l. 9. p. 752.) (s) Ut supra. (De Expedition. Cyril, l. 1.) (t) Hist. Animal. l. 6. c. 36. (u) Hierozoic. par. 1. l. 1. c. 9. Colossians 63. (w) "non audiet", Pagninus, Montanus. 7. multitude—rather, "din"; he sets it at defiance, being far away from it in the freedom of the wilderness.

driver—who urges on the tame ass to work. The wild ass is the symbol of uncontrolled freedom in the East; even kings have, therefore, added its name to them.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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