Job 39:5
New International Version
“Who let the wild donkey go free? Who untied its ropes?

New Living Translation
“Who gives the wild donkey its freedom? Who untied its ropes?

English Standard Version
“Who has let the wild donkey go free? Who has loosed the bonds of the swift donkey,

Berean Study Bible
Who set the wild donkey free? Who released the swift donkey from the harness?

King James Bible
Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?

New King James Version
“Who set the wild donkey free? Who loosed the bonds of the onager,

New American Standard Bible
“Who sent the wild donkey out free? And who opened the bonds of the swift donkey,

NASB 1995
“Who sent out the wild donkey free? And who loosed the bonds of the swift donkey,

NASB 1977
“Who sent out the wild donkey free? And who loosed the bonds of the swift donkey,

Amplified Bible
“Who sent out the wild donkey free [from dependence on man]? And who has loosed the bonds of the wild donkey [to survive in the wild],

Christian Standard Bible
Who set the wild donkey free? Who released the swift donkey from its harness?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Who set the wild donkey free? Who released the swift donkey from its harness?

American Standard Version
Who hath sent out the wild ass free? Or who hath loosed the bonds of the swift ass,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Who sent away the wild donkey a son of the free, and lets him escape from the yoke

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And who is he that sent forth the wild ass free? and who loosed his bands?

Contemporary English Version
Who set wild donkeys free?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who hath sent out the wild ass free, and who hath loosed his bonds?

English Revised Version
Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?

Good News Translation
Who gave the wild donkeys their freedom? Who turned them loose and let them roam?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Who lets the wild donkey go free? Who unties the ropes of the wild donkey?

International Standard Version
"Who sets the wild donkey free? Who loosens the bonds of the wild donkey

JPS Tanakh 1917
Who hath sent out the wild ass free? Or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?

Literal Standard Version
Who has sent forth the wild donkey free? Indeed, who opened the bands of the wild donkey?

NET Bible
Who let the wild donkey go free? Who released the bonds of the donkey,

New Heart English Bible
"Who has set the wild donkey free? Or who has loosened the bonds of the swift donkey,

World English Bible
"Who has set the wild donkey free? Or who has loosened the bonds of the swift donkey,

Young's Literal Translation
Who hath sent forth the wild ass free? Yea, the bands of the wild ass who opened?

Additional Translations ...
Context
God Speaks of His Creation
4Their young ones thrive and grow up in the open field; they leave and do not return. 5Who set the wild donkey free? Who released the swift donkey from the harness? 6I made the wilderness his home and the salt flats his dwelling.…

Cross References
Genesis 16:12
He will be a wild donkey of a man, and his hand will be against everyone, and everyone's hand against him; he will live in hostility toward all his brothers."

Job 6:5
Does a wild donkey bray over fresh grass, or an ox low over its fodder?

Job 11:12
But a witless man can no more become wise than the colt of a wild donkey can be born a man!

Job 24:5
Indeed, like wild donkeys in the desert, the poor go to work foraging for food; the wasteland is food for their children.

Job 39:4
Their young ones thrive and grow up in the open field; they leave and do not return.

Psalm 104:11
They give drink to every beast of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst.

Jeremiah 14:6
Wild donkeys stand on barren heights; they pant for air like jackals; their eyes fail for lack of pasture."


Treasury of Scripture

Who has sent out the wild ass free? or who has loosed the bands of the wild ass?

the wild

Job 6:5
Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder?

Job 11:12
For vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.

Job 24:5
Behold, as wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their children.

who hath loosed

Genesis 49:14
Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens:









Verse 5. - Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass? Two kinds of onager or wild ass, seem to be intended - the one called pore' (פִרֶא), and the other 'arod (עָרוד). These correspond probably to the Asinus hemippus and the Asinus onager of modern naturalists, the former of which is still found in the deserts of Syria, Mesopotamia, and Northern Arabia, while the latter inhabits Western Asia from 48° N.lat. southward to Persia, Beloochistan, and Western India. Sir H. A. Layard describes the former, which he saw, as a "beautiful animal, in fleetness equalling the gazelle, very wild, and of a rich fawn colour, almost pink" ('Nineveh and its Remains,' Vol. 1. p. 324). The latter (Asinus onager) was seen by Sir R. K. Porter in Persia ('Travels,' vol. 1. p. 460), and is described in very similar terms. The two, however, appear to be distinct species (see Dr. Smith's 'Dict. of the Bible,' vol. 3. pp. 19, 20, Appendix). Both animals are remarkable for extreme wildness; and all attempts to domesticate the young of either have hitherto failed.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Who
מִֽי־ (mî-)
Interrogative
Strong's 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

set
שִׁלַּ֣ח (šil·laḥ)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7971: To send away, for, out

the wild donkey
פֶּ֣רֶא (pe·re)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6501: A wild donkey

free?
חָפְשִׁ֑י (ḥā·p̄ə·šî)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 2670: Exempt

Who
מִ֣י (mî)
Interrogative
Strong's 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

released
פִתֵּֽחַ׃ (p̄it·tê·aḥ)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6605: To open wide, to loosen, begin, plough, carve

the swift donkey
עָ֝ר֗וֹד (‘ā·rō·wḏ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6171: A wild donkey

from the harness?
וּמֹסְר֥וֹת (ū·mō·sə·rō·wṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 4147: Chastisement, a halter, restraint


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