Job 39:9
New International Version
“Will the wild ox consent to serve you? Will it stay by your manger at night?

New Living Translation
“Will the wild ox consent to being tamed? Will it spend the night in your stall?

English Standard Version
“Is the wild ox willing to serve you? Will he spend the night at your manger?

Berean Study Bible
Will the wild ox consent to serve you? Will he stay by your manger at night?

King James Bible
Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?

New King James Version
“Will the wild ox be willing to serve you? Will he bed by your manger?

New American Standard Bible
“Will the wild bull be willing to serve you, Or will he spend the night at your feeding trough?

NASB 1995
“Will the wild ox consent to serve you, Or will he spend the night at your manger?

NASB 1977
“Will the wild ox consent to serve you? Or will he spend the night at your manger?

Amplified Bible
“Will the wild ox be willing to serve you, Or remain beside your manger at night?

Christian Standard Bible
Would the wild ox be willing to serve you? Would it spend the night by your feeding trough?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Would the wild ox be willing to serve you? Would it spend the night by your feeding trough?

American Standard Version
Will the wild-ox be content to serve thee? Or will he abide by thy crib?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Does a wild bull consent to serve you, or does he spend the night at your stall?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or to lie down at thy manger?

Contemporary English Version
Would a wild ox agree to live in your barn and labor for you?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shall the rhinoceros be willing to serve thee, or will he stay at thy crib?

Good News Translation
Will a wild ox work for you? Is he willing to spend the night in your stable?

International Standard Version
Is the wild ox willing to serve you? Will he sleep at night near your feeding trough?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Will the wild-ox be willing to serve thee? Or will he abide by thy crib?

Literal Standard Version
Is a wild ox willing to serve you? Does he lodge by your crib?

New American Bible
Will the wild ox consent to serve you, or pass the nights at your manger?

NET Bible
Is the wild ox willing to be your servant? Will it spend the night at your feeding trough?

New Revised Standard Version
“Is the wild ox willing to serve you? Will it spend the night at your crib?

New Heart English Bible
"Will the wild ox be content to serve you? Or will he stay by your feeding trough?

World English Bible
"Will the wild ox be content to serve you? Or will he stay by your feeding trough?

Young's Literal Translation
Is a Reem willing to serve thee? Doth he lodge by thy crib?

Additional Translations ...
Context
God Speaks of His Creation
8He roams the mountains for pasture, searching for any green thing. 9Will the wild ox consent to serve you? Will he stay by your manger at night? 10Can you hold him to the furrow with a harness? Will he plow the valleys behind you?…

Cross References
Numbers 23:22
God brought them out of Egypt with strength like a wild ox.

Deuteronomy 33:17
His majesty is like a firstborn bull, and his horns are like those of a wild ox. With them he will gore the nations, even to the ends of the earth. Such are the myriads of Ephraim, and such are the thousands of Manasseh."

Job 39:8
He roams the mountains for pasture, searching for any green thing.

Job 39:10
Can you hold him to the furrow with a harness? Will he plow the valleys behind you?

Psalm 22:21
Save me from the mouth of the lion; at the horns of the wild oxen You have answered me!

Psalm 29:6
He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.

Psalm 92:10
But You have exalted my horn like that of a wild ox; with fine oil I have been anointed.


Treasury of Scripture

Will the unicorn be willing to serve you, or abide by your crib?

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Numbers 23:22
God brought them out of Egypt; he hath 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: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.

Psalm 22:21
Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.

or

Isaiah 1:3
The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.











(9) The unicorn.--It is a mistake to identify this animal with the rhinoceros, as was formerly done; it is more probably the same with the buffalo, or wild ox. The most glaring form of the mistake is in Psalm 22:22 : "Thou hast heard me also from among the horns of the unicorns" The way in which the animal is here spoken of, as in analogous contrast to the domestic ox, suggests that it is not wholly dissimilar. It is familiar and homely toil that the wild ox is contemplated as being put to, in the place of tame cattle, whose work it is.

Verse 9. - Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib? This is an unfortunate translation, since there is no word etymologicallly correspondent to "unicorn" in the original. The word used is rem or reyrn; and the rem is distinctly said in Deuteronomy 33:17 to have "horns." All that is said of the rim in Scripture points to some species of wild cattle, and recent critics are almost universally agreed thus far at any rate. Assyrian investigation carries us a step further. It is found that the wild bull so often represented on the monuments as hunted by the Ninevite monarchs was known to the Assyrians by the name of rimu or rim. Careful examination of the sculptures has resulted in the identification of this animal with Bee primi-genius an extinct species, probably identical with the urns of the Romans, which Caesar saw in Gaul, and of which he has left a description. "These uri," he says, "are scarcely less than elephants in size, but in their nature, colour, and form are bulls. Great is their strength, and great their speed; nor do they spare man nor beast, when once they have caught sight of him. ... Even when they are young, they cannot be habituated to man and made tractable. The size and shape of their horns are very different from those of our own oxen" ('De Bell. Gall.,' 6:28).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Will the wild ox
רֵּ֣ים‪‬ (rêm)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7214: A wild bull

consent
הֲיֹ֣אבֶה (hă·yō·ḇeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 14: To breathe after, to be acquiescent

to serve you?
עָבְדֶ֑ךָ (‘ā·ḇə·ḏe·ḵā)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 5647: To work, to serve, till, enslave

Will he stay
יָ֝לִ֗ין (yā·lîn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3885: To stop, to stay permanently, to be obstinate

by
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

your manger {at night}?
אֲבוּסֶֽךָ׃ (’ă·ḇū·se·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 18: A crib, feeding trough


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