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?

New American Standard Bible
"Will the wild ox consent to serve you, Or will he spend the night at your manger?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Will the wild ox agree to serve you, or will it stay at night beside your feeding trough?

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

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee or abide by thy crib?

King James 2000 Bible
Will the wild ox be willing to serve you, or abide by your crib?

American King James Version
Will the unicorn be willing to serve you, or abide by your crib?

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

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

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

Darby Bible Translation
Will the buffalo be willing to serve thee, or will he lodge by thy crib?

English Revised Version
Will the wild-ox be content to serve thee? or will he abide by thy crib?

Webster's Bible Translation
Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?

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?
Study Bible
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 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.

Isaiah 34:7
And the wild oxen will fall with them, the young bulls with the strong ones. Their land will be drenched with blood, and their soil will be soaked with fat.

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.







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

consent
הֲיֹ֣אבֶה (hă·yō·ḇeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 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 Hebrew 5647: To work, to serve, till, enslave

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

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

your manger {at night}?
אֲבוּסֶֽךָ׃ (’ă·ḇū·se·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 18: A crib, feeding trough
(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). 39:1-30 God inquires of Job concerning several animals. - In these questions the Lord continued to humble Job. In this chapter several animals are spoken of, whose nature or situation particularly show the power, wisdom, and manifold works of God. The wild ass. It is better to labour and be good for something, than to ramble and be good for nothing. From the untameableness of this and other creatures, we may see, how unfit we are to give law to Providence, who cannot give law even to a wild ass's colt. The unicorn, a strong, stately, proud creature. He is able to serve, but not willing; and God challenges Job to force him to it. It is a great mercy if, where God gives strength for service, he gives a heart; it is what we should pray for, and reason ourselves into, which the brutes cannot do. Those gifts are not always the most valuable that make the finest show. Who would not rather have the voice of the nightingale, than the tail of the peacock; the eye of the eagle and her soaring wing, and the natural affection of the stork, than the beautiful feathers of the ostrich, which can never rise above the earth, and is without natural affection? The description of the war-horse helps to explain the character of presumptuous sinners. Every one turneth to his course, as the horse rushes into the battle. When a man's heart is fully set in him to do evil, and he is carried on in a wicked way, by the violence of his appetites and passions, there is no making him fear the wrath of God, and the fatal consequences of sin. Secure sinners think themselves as safe in their sins as the eagle in her nest on high, in the clefts of the rocks; but I will bring thee down from thence, saith the Lord, #Jer 49:16". All these beautiful references to the works of nature, should teach us a right view of the riches of the wisdom of Him who made and sustains all things. The want of right views concerning the wisdom of God, which is ever present in all things, led Job to think and speak unworthily of Providence.
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