Dave Burnette's Commentary

Job Chapter 39

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Unknown, possibly Job, Moses, Solomon, and Elihu
Date Penned: (2000-1800 BC)
Overview: Faith in God's Sovereignty Through Trials (c 1-42)
Theme: God Answers Job (c 38-41)
Message: God Speaks in the Whirlwind (v 1-30)

Job 39 Commentary

(39:1-39) God Speaks to Job - God asked Job several questions about the animal kingdom in order to demonstrate how limited Job's knowledge really was. God was not seeking answers from Job. Instead, he was getting Job to recognize and submit to God's power and sovereignty. Only then could Job hear what God was really saying to him.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Submissive Supplications

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Job with Chapter 39. In our text today, we see God asking Job questions about the animal kingdom with His purpose to have Job submit to God's Sovereignty so hear could hear from Him. Yesterday we saw the need to be humble, and now we see the need to be submissive to hear from a Holy God. In applying, we see that we can approach our Lord boldly but need to be humble with a submissive spirit. When we do, we can hear from the Lord. How about you? Are your prayers being answered? Let us learn from our text today and the life of Job to pattern our prayers in a way that the Lord is pleased by being submissive to His Sovereignty.


Job 39

Job 39

 1Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?

 2Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?

 3They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones, they cast out their sorrows.

 4Their young ones are in good liking, they grow up with corn; they go forth, and return not unto them.

 5Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?

 6Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings.

 7He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver.

 8The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.

 9Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?

 10Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?

 11Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him?

 12Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy barn?

 13Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?

 14Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,

 15And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.

 16She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not her's: her labour is in vain without fear;

 17Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.

 18What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider.

 19Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?

 20Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible.

 21He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men.

 22He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword.

 23The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield.

 24He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet.

 25He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.

 26Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south?

 27Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?

 28She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place.

 29From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.

 30Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is she.