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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Job Chapter 39

od inquires of Job concerning several animals.

- In these questions the Lord continued to humble Job. In this chapter several animals are spoken of, whose nature or situation particularly show the power, wisdom, and manifold works of God. The wild ass. It is better to labour and be good for something, than to ramble and be good for nothing. From the untameableness of this and other creatures, we may see, how unfit we are to give law to Providence, who cannot give law even to a wild ass's colt. The unicorn, a strong, stately, proud creature. He is able to serve, but not willing; and God challenges Job to force him to it. It is a great mercy if, where God gives strength for service, he gives a heart; it is what we should pray for, and reason ourselves into, which the brutes cannot do. Those gifts are not always the most valuable that make the finest show. Who would not rather have the voice of the nightingale, than the tail of the peacock; the eye of the eagle and her soaring wing, and the natural affection of the stork, than the beautiful feathers of the ostrich, which can never rise above the earth, and is without natural affection? The description of the war-horse helps to explain the character of presumptuous sinners. Every one turneth to his course, as the horse rushes into the battle. When a man's heart is fully set in him to do evil, and he is carried on in a wicked way, by the violence of his appetites and passions, there is no making him fear the wrath of God, and the fatal consequences of sin. Secure sinners think themselves as safe in their sins as the eagle in her nest on high, in the clefts of the rocks; but I will bring thee down from thence, saith the Lord, (Jer 49:16). All these beautiful references to the works of nature, should teach us a right view of the riches of the wisdom of Him who made and sustains all things. The want of right views concerning the wisdom of God, which is ever present in all things, led Job to think and speak unworthily of Providence.


David Burnette's Life Application


Submissive Supplications

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an 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 see we need to be humble and now to be submissive to hear from a Holy God. In making application we see that we can approach our Lord boldly but need to be humble with 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.

 

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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.