Job 39:10
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New American Standard Bible
"Can you bind the wild ox in a furrow with ropes, Or will he harrow the valleys after you?

King James Bible
Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?

Darby Bible Translation
Canst thou bind the buffalo with his cord in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?

World English Bible
Can you hold the wild ox in the furrow with his harness? Or will he till the valleys after you?

Young's Literal Translation
Dost thou bind a Reem in a furrow with his thick band? Doth he harrow valleys after thee?

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? - That is, with the common traces or cords which are employed in binding oxen to the plow.

Or will he harrow the valleys after thee? - The word "valleys" here is used to denote such ground as was capable of being plowed or harrowed. Hills and mountains could not thus be cultivated, though the spade was in common use in planting the vine there, and even in preparing them for seed, Isaiah 7:25. The phrase "after thee" indicates that the custom of driving cattle in harrowing then was the same as that practiced now with oxen, when the person who employs them goes in advance of them. It shows that they were entirely under subjection, and it is here implied that the ראם re'êm could not be thus tamed.

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Whether the Mode and Order of the Temptation were Becoming?
Objection 1: It would seem that the mode and order of the temptation were unbecoming. For the devil tempts in order to induce us to sin. But if Christ had assuaged His bodily hunger by changing the stones into bread, He would not have sinned; just as neither did He sin when He multiplied the loaves, which was no less a miracle, in order to succor the hungry crowd. Therefore it seems that this was nowise a temptation. Objection 2: Further, a counselor is inconsistent if he persuades the contrary to
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

On the Animals
The birds are the saints, because they fly to the higher heart; in the gospel: and he made great branches that the birds of the air might live in their shade. [Mark 4:32] Flying is the death of the saints in God or the knowledge of the Scriptures; in the psalm: I shall fly and I shall be at rest. [Ps. 54(55):7 Vulgate] The wings are the two testaments; in Ezekiel: your body will fly with two wings of its own. [Ez. 1:23] The feathers are the Scriptures; in the psalm: the wings of the silver dove.
St. Eucherius of Lyons—The Formulae of St. Eucherius of Lyons

Cross References
Numbers 23:22
"God brings them out of Egypt, He is for them like the horns of the wild ox.

Job 39:9
"Will the wild ox consent to serve you, Or will he spend the night at your manger?

Job 39:11
"Will you trust him because his strength is great And leave your labor to him?

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