Is a Reem willing to serve thee? Doth he lodge by thy crib?
Job 39:9 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee? - The "fine elegant animal like a horse, with one long rich curled horn growing out of his forehead," commonly called the unicorn, must be given up as fabulous. The heralds must claim him as their own; place him in their armorial bearings as they please, to indicate the unreal actions, fictitious virtues, and unfought martial exploits of mispraised men. It is not to the honor of the royal arms of Great Britain that this fabulous animal should be one of their supporters. The animal in question, called רים reim, is undoubtedly the rhinoceros, who has the latter name from the horn that grows on his nose. The rhinoceros is known by the name of reim in Arabia to the present day. He is allowed to be a savage animal, showing nothing of the intellect of the elephant. His horn enables him to combat the latter with great success; for, by putting his nose under the elephant's belly, he can rip him up. His skin is like armor, and so very hard as to resist sabres, javelins, lances, and even musket-balls; the only penetrable parts being the belly, the eyes, and about the ears.
Or abide by thy crib? - These and several of the following expressions are intended to point out his savage, untameable nature.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Numbers 23:22 God brought them out of Egypt; he has as it were the strength of an unicorn.
Deuteronomy 33:17 His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns...
Psalm 22:21 Save me from the lion's mouth: for you have heard me from the horns of the unicorns.
Psalm 92:10 But my horn shall you exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.
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.
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