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Job 24:5

New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995) [2]
— “Behold, as wild donkeys in the wilderness They go forth seeking food in their activity, As bread for [their] children in the desert.
King James Version (KJV 1769) [2]
— Behold, [as] wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness [yieldeth] food for them [and] for [their] children.
English Revised Version (ERV 1885)
— Behold, as wild asses in the desert they go forth to their work, seeking diligently for meat; the wilderness [yieldeth] them food for their children.
American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Behold, as wild asses in the desert They go forth to their work, seeking diligently for food; The wilderness [yieldeth] them bread for their children.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Behold, [as] wild asses in the desert, they go forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness [yieldeth] food for them [and] for [their] children.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Lo, [as] wild asses in the desert, they go forth to their work, seeking early for the prey: the wilderness [yieldeth] them food for [their] children.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Lo! [as] wild asses in the wilderness, they go forth with their work, eager seekers for prey, the waste plain, yieldeth them food for their young;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Lo, wild asses in a wilderness, They have gone out about their work, Seeking early for prey, A mixture for himself—food for young ones.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Others like wild asses in the desert go forth to their work: by watching for a prey they get bread for their children.
Geneva Bible (GNV 1560)
— Behold, others as wilde asses in the wildernesse, goe forth to their businesse, and rise early for a praye: the wildernesse giueth him and his children foode.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Behold, [as] wilde asses in the desart, goe they foorth to their worke, rising betimes for a pray: the wildernes [yeeldeth] food for them, [and] for [their] children.
Lamsa Bible (1957)
— Behold, like wild asses in the desert, they go forth early seeking food for their young ones.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And they have departed like asses in the field, having gone forth on my account according to their own order: his bread is sweet to [his] little ones.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Behold, [as] wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness [yieldeth] food for them [and] for [their] children.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Behold, x2005
(2005) Complement
A primitive particle; lo! also (as expressing surprise) if.
[as] wild asses 6501
{6501} Prime
From H6500 in the secondary sense of running wild; the onager.
in the desert, 4057
{4057} Prime
From H1696 in the sense of driving; a pasture (that is, open field, whither cattle are driven); by implication a desert; also speech (including its organs).
go they forth 3318
{3318} Prime
A primitive root; to go (causatively bring) out, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively, direct and proximate.
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
to their work; 6467
{6467} Prime
From H6466; an act or work (concretely).
rising betimes 7836
{7836} Prime
A primitive root; properly to dawn, that is, (figuratively) be (up) early at any task (with the implication of earnestness); by extension to search for (with painstaking).
<8764> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 685
for a prey: 2964
{2964} Prime
From H2963; something torn, that is, a fragment, for example a fresh leaf, prey, food.
the wilderness 6160
{6160} Prime
From H6150 (in the sense of sterility); a desert; especially (with the article prefixed) the (generally) sterile valley of the Jordan and its continuation to the Red Sea.
[yieldeth] food 3899
{3899} Prime
From H3898; food (for man or beast), especially bread, or grain (for making it).
for them [and] for [their] children. 5288
{5288} Prime
From H5287; (concretely) a boy (as active), from the age of infancy to adolescence; by implication a servant; also (by interchange of sex), a girl (of similar latitude in age).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Job 24:2-24.

Job 24:5

_ _ wild asses — (Job 11:12). So Ishmael is called a “wild ass-man”; Hebrew (Genesis 16:12). These Bedouin robbers, with the unbridled wildness of the ass of the desert, go forth thither. Robbery is their lawless “work.” The desert, which yields no food to other men, yields food for the robber and his children by the plunder of caravans.

_ _ rising betimes — In the East travelling is begun very early, before the heat comes on.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 24:1-12.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 24:5

Wild asses — Which are lawless, and fierce, and greedy of prey. Desert — Which is the proper habitation of wild asses. They — The oppressors. Go — To spoil and rob.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 24:5

Behold, [as] wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; (d) rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness (e) [yieldeth] food for them [and] for [their] children.

(d) That is, spares diligence.

(e) He and his live by robbing and murdering.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
wild asses:

Job 39:5-7 Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass? ... He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver.
Jeremiah 2:24 A wild ass used to the wilderness, [that] snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away? all they that seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they shall find her.
Hosea 8:9 For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath hired lovers.


Job 24:14 The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.
Proverbs 4:16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause [some] to fall.
Hosea 7:6 For they have made ready their heart like an oven, whiles they lie in wait: their baker sleepeth all the night; in the morning it burneth as a flaming fire.
Micah 2:1 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.
Zephaniah 3:3 Her princes within her [are] roaring lions; her judges [are] evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.
John 18:28 Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover.
Acts 23:12 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.

the wilderness:

Job 5:5 Whose harvest the hungry eateth up, and taketh it even out of the thorns, and the robber swalloweth up their substance.
Job 12:6 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth [abundantly].
Genesis 16:12 And he will be a wild man; his hand [will be] against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
Genesis 27:40 And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.
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Chain-Reference Bible SearchCross References with Concordance

Gn 16:12; 27:40. Jb 5:5; 12:6; 24:14; 39:5. Pv 4:16. Jr 2:24. Ho 7:6; 8:9. Mi 2:1. Zp 3:3. Jn 18:28. Ac 23:12.

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