New International Version
I have become a brother of jackals, a companion of owls.
King James Bible
I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.
Darby Bible Translation
I am become a brother to jackals, and a companion of ostriches.
World English Bible
I am a brother to jackals, and a companion to ostriches.
Young's Literal Translation
A brother I have been to dragons, And a companion to daughters of the ostrich.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I am a brother to dragons - By my mournful and continual cry I resemble תנים tannim, the jackals or hyenas.
And a companion to owls - בנות יענה benoth yaanah, to the daughters of howling: generally understood to be the ostrich; for both the jackal and the female ostrich are remarkable for their mournful cry, and for their attachment to desolate places - Dodd.
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owls. or, ostriches (Benoth y??nah, in Arabic, bintu n??matin, not owls, but ostriches, so called from their doleful and hideous noises. 'I have often,' says Dr. Shaw, 'heard them groan as if they were in the greatest agonies.')
Job, in his great indignation at the shameful accusation of unkindness to the needy, pours forth the following very solemn imprecation--"If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail; or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof; if I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering; if his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep; if I have lifted up my …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 8: 1863
Of Confession of Our Infirmity and of the Miseries of this Life
But you crushed us and made us a haunt for jackals; you covered us over with deep darkness.
But desert creatures will lie there, jackals will fill her houses; there the owls will dwell, and there the wild goats will leap about.
Thorns will overrun her citadels, nettles and brambles her strongholds. She will become a haunt for jackals, a home for owls.
I cried like a swift or thrush, I moaned like a mourning dove. My eyes grew weak as I looked to the heavens. I am being threatened; Lord, come to my aid!"
Because of this I will weep and wail; I will go about barefoot and naked. I will howl like a jackal and moan like an owl.
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