|New International Version (© 2011)|
"But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
King James Bible
But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:
American Standard Version
But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; And the birds of the heavens, and they shall tell thee:
Young's Literal Translation
And yet, ask, I pray thee, One of the beasts, and it doth shew thee, And a fowl of the heavens, And it doth declare to thee.
Job 12:7 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee - Mr. Good's paraphrase here is very just: "Why tell ye me that the Almighty hath brought this calamity upon me? Every thing in nature, the beasts of the field, the fowls of the heaven, every inhabitant of earth and sea, and every thing that befalls them, are the work of his hands; and every thing feels and acknowledges him to be the universal Creator and Controller. It is the common doctrine of all nature; but to apply it as ye would apply it to me, and to assert that I am suffering from being guilty of hypocrisy, is equally impertinent. He ordains every thing in wisdom as well as in power; but why events happen as they happen, why good and evil are promiscuously scattered throughout nature or human life, ye are as ignorant of as myself."
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Job 21:29,30 Have you not asked them that go by the way? and do you not know their tokens...
Proverbs 6:6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
Isaiah 1:3 The ox knows his owner, and the donkey his master's crib: but Israel does not know, my people does not consider.
Jeremiah 8:7 Yes, the stork in the heaven knows her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming...
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Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
Job 12:6 The tents of marauders are undisturbed, and those who provoke God are secure-- those God has in his hand.
Job 12:8 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you.