New American Standard Bible
a messenger came to Job and said, "The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them,
King James Bible
And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:
Darby Bible Translation
And there came a messenger to Job and said, The oxen were ploughing, and the asses feeding beside them;
World English Bible
that there came a messenger to Job, and said, "The oxen were plowing, and the donkeys feeding beside them,
Young's Literal Translation
And a messenger hath come in unto Job and saith, 'The oxen have been plowing, and the she-asses feeding by their sides,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And there came a messenger unto Job - Hebrew מלאך mal'âk; the word usually rendered "angel," appropriately rendered "messenger" here. The word properly means "one who is sent."
The oxen were plowing - Hebrew "the cattle" (בקר bâqâr) including not merely "oxen," but probably also "cows;" see the notes at Job 1:3.
And the asses - Hebrew אתון 'âthôn "she-asses." The "sex" is here expressly mentioned and Dr. Good maintains that it should be in the translation. So it is in the Septuagint αἱ θήλειαι ὄνοι hai thēleiai onoi. So Jerome, "asinoe." The reason why the sex is specified is, that female asses, on account of their milk, were much more valuable than males. On this account they were preferred also for traveling; see the notes at Job 1:3.
Beside them - Hebrew "By their hands," that is, by their sides, for the Hebrew יד yâd is often used in this sense; compare the notes at Isaiah 33:21.
LibrarySatan Considering the Saints
Up there, beyond the clouds, where no human eye could see, there was a scene enacted which augured no good to Job's prosperity. The spirit of evil stood face to face with the infinite Spirit of all good. An extraordinary conversation took place between these two beings. When called to account for his doings, the evil one boasted that he had gone to and fro throughout the earth, insinuating that he had met with no hindrance to his will, and found no one to oppose his freely moving and acting at his …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 11: 1865
Whether all are Equally Bound to have Explicit Faith?
From the Latin Translation of Cassiodorus.
Whether it is Proper to the Rational Nature to be Adopted?
Now on the day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house,
and the Sabeans attacked and took them. They also slew the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you."
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