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Job 39:9 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Will the wild-ox be content to serve thee? Or will he abide by thy crib?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Will the wild ox consent to serve you, Or will he spend the night at your manger?
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Will the buffalo be willing to serve thee, or will he lodge by thy crib?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Will the Wild-Ox be pleased to be thy servant? or lodge for the night by thy crib?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Is a Reem willing to serve thee? Doth he lodge by thy crib?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Shall the rhinoceros be willing to serve thee, or will he stay at thy crib?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Will the Unicorne be willing to serue thee? or abide by thy cribbe?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or to lie down at thy manger?
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Will the unicorn 7214
{7214} Prime
From H7213; a wild bull (from its conspicuousness).
be willing 14
{0014} Prime
A primitive root; to breathe after, that is (figuratively) to be acquiescent.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
to serve 5647
{5647} Prime
A primitive root; to work (in any sense); by implication to serve, till, (causatively) enslave, etc.
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
thee, or x518
(0518) Complement
A primitive particle; used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogitive, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence as a negative, not.
abide 3885
{3885} Prime
A primitive root; to stop (usually over night); by implication to stay permanently; hence (in a bad sense) to be obstinate (especially in words, to complain).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
by x5921
(5921) Complement
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
thy crib? 18
{0018} Prime
From H0075; a manger or stall.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 39:9

_ _ unicorn — Pliny [Natural History, 8.21], mentions such an animal; its figure is found depicted in the ruins of Persepolis. The Hebrew reem conveys the idea of loftiness and power (compare Ramah; Indian, Ram; Latin, Roma). The rhinoceros was perhaps the original type of the unicorn. The Arab rim is a two-horned animal. Sometimes “unicorn” or reem is a mere poetical symbol or abstraction; but the buffalo is the animal referred to here, from the contrast to the tame ox, used in ploughing (Job 39:10, Job 39:12).

_ _ abide — literally, “pass the night.”

_ _ crib — (Isaiah 1:3).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 39:1-12.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 39:9

Unicorn — It is disputed whether this be the Rhinoceros; or a kind of wild bull.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 39:9

Will the unicorn be willing to (g) serve thee, or abide by thy crib?

(g) Is it possible to make the unicorn tame? signifying that if man cannot rule a creature, that it is much more impossible that he should appoint the wisdom of God, by which he governs all the world.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Numbers 23:22 God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.
Deuteronomy 33:17 His glory [is like] the firstling of his bullock, and his horns [are like] the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they [are] the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they [are] the thousands of Manasseh.
Psalms 22:21 Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.
Psalms 92:10 But my horn shalt thou exalt like [the horn of] an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.


Isaiah 1:3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: [but] Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.
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