Job 39:5
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New International Version
"Who let the wild donkey go free? Who untied its ropes?

King James Bible
Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?

Darby Bible Translation
Who hath sent out the wild ass free? and who hath loosed the bands of the onager,

World English Bible
"Who has set the wild donkey free? Or who has loosened the bonds of the swift donkey,

Young's Literal Translation
Who hath sent forth the wild ass free? Yea, the bands of the wild ass who opened?

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Who hath sent out the wild ass free? - פרא pere, which we translate wild ass, is the same as the ονος αγριος of the Greeks, and the onager of the Latins; which must not, says Buffon, be confounded with the zebra, for this is an animal of a different species from the ass. The wild ass is not striped like the zebra, nor so elegantly shaped. There are many of those animals in the deserts of Libya and Numidia: they are of a gray color; and run so swiftly that no horse but the Arab barbs can overtake them. Wild asses are found in considerable numbers in East and South Tartary, in Persia, Syria, the islands of the Archipelago, and throughout Mauritania. They differ from tame asses only in their independence and liberty, and in their being stronger and more nimble: but in their shape they are the same. See on Job 6:5 (note).

The bands of the wild ass? - ערוד arod, the brayer, the same animal, but called thus because of the frequent and peculiar noise he makes. But Mr. Good supposes this to be a different animal from the wild ass, (the jichta or equus hemionus), which is distinguished by having solid hoofs, a uniform color, no cross on the back, and the tail hairy only at the tip. The ears and tail resemble those of the zebra; the hoofs and body, those of the ass; and the limbs, those of the horse. It inhabits Arabia, China, Siberia, and Tartary, in glassy saline plains or salt wastes, as mentioned in the following verse.

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the wild

Job 6:5 Does the wild donkey bray when he has grass? or lows the ox over his fodder?

Job 11:12 For vain men would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.

Job 24:5 Behold, as wild donkeys in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey...

Genesis 16:12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him...

Psalm 104:11 They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild donkeys quench their thirst.

Isaiah 32:14 Because the palaces shall be forsaken; the multitude of the city shall be left; the forts and towers shall be for dens for ever...

Jeremiah 2:24 A wild donkey used to the wilderness, that snuffs up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away?...

Jeremiah 14:6 And the wild donkeys did stand in the high places, they snuffed up the wind like dragons; their eyes did fail...

Daniel 5:21 And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild donkeys...

Hosea 8:9 For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild donkey alone by himself: Ephraim has hired lovers.

who hath loosed

Genesis 49:14 Issachar is a strong donkey couching down between two burdens:

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Whether Daring is a Sin?
Objection 1: It seems that daring is not a sin. For it is written (Job 39:21) concerning the horse, by which according to Gregory (Moral. xxxi) the godly preacher is denoted, that "he goeth forth boldly to meet armed men [*Vulg.: 'he pranceth boldly, he goeth forth to meet armed men']." But no vice redounds to a man's praise. Therefore it is not a sin to be daring. Objection 2: Further, according to the Philosopher (Ethic. vi, 9), "one should take counsel in thought, and do quickly what has been
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Prov. 22:06 the Duties of Parents
"Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it."--Prov. 22:6. I SUPPOSE that most professing Christians are acquainted with the text at the head of this page. The sound of it is probably familiar to your ears, like an old tune. It is likely you have heard it, or read it, talked of it, or quoted it, many a time. Is it not so? But, after all, how little is the substance of this text regarded! The doctrine it contains appears scarcely known, the duty it puts
John Charles Ryle—The Upper Room: Being a Few Truths for the Times

Cross References
Genesis 16:12
He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone's hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers."

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

Job 11:12
But the witless can no more become wise than a wild donkey's colt can be born human.

Job 24:5
Like wild donkeys in the desert, the poor go about their labor of foraging food; the wasteland provides food for their children.

Job 39:4
Their young thrive and grow strong in the wilds; they leave and do not return.

Psalm 104:11
They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst.

Jeremiah 14:6
Wild donkeys stand on the barren heights and pant like jackals; their eyes fail for lack of food."

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