Job 6:5
New International Version
Does a wild donkey bray when it has grass, or an ox bellow when it has fodder?

New Living Translation
Don’t I have a right to complain? Don’t wild donkeys bray when they find no grass, and oxen bellow when they have no food?

English Standard Version
Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass, or the ox low over his fodder?

Berean Study Bible
Does a wild donkey bray over fresh grass, or an ox low over its fodder?

King James Bible
Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder?

New King James Version
Does the wild donkey bray when it has grass, Or does the ox low over its fodder?

New American Standard Bible
“Does the wild donkey bray over his grass, Or does the ox low over his feed?

NASB 1995
"Does the wild donkey bray over his grass, Or does the ox low over his fodder?

NASB 1977
“Does the wild donkey bray over his grass, Or does the ox low over his fodder?

Amplified Bible
“Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass? Or does the ox low over his fodder?

Christian Standard Bible
Does a wild donkey bray over fresh grass or an ox low over its fodder?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Does a wild donkey bray over fresh grass or an ox low over its fodder?

American Standard Version
Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? Or loweth the ox over his fodder?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Does a wild donkey sniff over new grass or a bull cry over hay?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
What then? will the wild ass bray for nothing, if he is not seeking food? or again, will the ox low at the manger, when he has a fodder?

Contemporary English Version
Do oxen and wild donkeys cry out in distress unless they are hungry?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Will the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or will the ox low when he standeth before a full manger?

English Revised Version
Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder?

Good News Translation
A donkey is content when eating grass, and a cow is quiet when eating hay.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Does a wild donkey bray when it's [eating] grass, or does an ox make a sound over its hay?

International Standard Version
"Will the wild donkey bray from hunger if fresh grass is beside him? Will the ox low from distress if it is near its feed?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? Or loweth the ox over his fodder?

Literal Standard Version
Does a wild donkey bray over tender grass? Does an ox low over his provender?

NET Bible
"Does the wild donkey bray when it is near grass? Or does the ox low near its fodder?

New Heart English Bible
Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass? Or does the ox low over his fodder?

World English Bible
Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass? Or does the ox low over his fodder?

Young's Literal Translation
Brayeth a wild ass over tender grass? Loweth an ox over his provender?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Replies: My Complaint is Just
4For the arrows of the Almighty have pierced me; my spirit drinks in their poison; the terrors of God are arrayed against me. 5Does a wild donkey bray over fresh grass, or an ox low over its fodder? 6Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the white of an egg?…

Cross References
Genesis 24:25
Then she added, "We have plenty of straw and feed, as well as a place for you to spend the night."

Job 6:6
Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the white of an egg?

Job 39:5
Who set the wild donkey free? Who released the swift donkey from the harness?


Treasury of Scripture

Does the wild ass bray when he has grass? or lows the ox over his fodder?

when he hath grass.

Psalm 104:14
He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;

loweth.

Psalm 42:1
To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.

Jeremiah 14:6
And the wild asses did stand in the high places, they snuffed up the wind like dragons; their eyes did fail, because there was no grass.

Joel 1:18-20
How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate…









Verse 5. - Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? literally, over grass; i.e. when he has grass under his feet, and has consequently no cause of complaint. Job means to say that his own complainings are as natural and instinctive as these of animals (On the species of wild asses known to Job, see the comment on Job 39:5.) Or loweth the ox over his fodder? The lowing of the ox, like the braying of the wild ass, is a complaint - a sign of distress and discomfort.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Does a wild donkey
פֶּ֥רֶא (pe·re)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6501: A wild donkey

bray
הֲיִֽנְהַק־ (hă·yin·haq-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5101: To bray, scream

over
עֲלֵי־ (‘ă·lê-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

fresh grass,
דֶ֑שֶׁא (ḏe·še)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1877: A sprout, grass

or
אִ֥ם (’im)
Conjunction
Strong's 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

an ox
שּׁ֝֗וֹר (wr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7794: A head of cattle (bullock, ox, etcetera)

low
יִגְעֶה־ (yiḡ·‘e·hō·šō-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1600: To bellow

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

its fodder?
בְּלִילֽוֹ׃ (bə·lî·lōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 1098: Mixed, feed


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