Who hath sent forth the wild ass free? Yea, the bands of the wild ass who opened?
Job 39:5 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Who hath sent out the wild ass free? - פרא pere, which we translate wild ass, is the same as the ονος αγριος of the Greeks, and the onager of the Latins; which must not, says Buffon, be confounded with the zebra, for this is an animal of a different species from the ass. The wild ass is not striped like the zebra, nor so elegantly shaped. There are many of those animals in the deserts of Libya and Numidia: they are of a gray color; and run so swiftly that no horse but the Arab barbs can overtake them. Wild asses are found in considerable numbers in East and South Tartary, in Persia, Syria, the islands of the Archipelago, and throughout Mauritania. They differ from tame asses only in their independence and liberty, and in their being stronger and more nimble: but in their shape they are the same. See on Job 6:5 (note).
The bands of the wild ass? - ערוד arod, the brayer, the same animal, but called thus because of the frequent and peculiar noise he makes. But Mr. Good supposes this to be a different animal from the wild ass, (the jichta or equus hemionus), which is distinguished by having solid hoofs, a uniform color, no cross on the back, and the tail hairy only at the tip. The ears and tail resemble those of the zebra; the hoofs and body, those of the ass; and the limbs, those of the horse. It inhabits Arabia, China, Siberia, and Tartary, in glassy saline plains or salt wastes, as mentioned in the following verse.
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Job 6:5 Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass? or lows the ox over his fodder?
Job 11:12 For vain men would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.
Job 24:5 Behold, as wild donkeys in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey...
Genesis 16:12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him...
Psalm 104:11 They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
Isaiah 32:14 Because the palaces shall be forsaken; the multitude of the city shall be left; the forts and towers shall be for dens for ever...
Jeremiah 2:24 A wild donkey used to the wilderness, that snuffs up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away?...
Jeremiah 14:6 And the wild donkeys did stand in the high places, they snuffed up the wind like dragons; their eyes did fail...
Daniel 5:21 And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild donkeys...
Hosea 8:9 For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild donkey alone by himself: Ephraim has hired lovers.
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Genesis 49:14 Issachar is a strong donkey couching down between two burdens:
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