Job 39:11

11 Will you rely on it for its great strength? Will you leave your heavy work to it?

Read Job 39:11 Using Other Translations

Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him?
Will you depend on him because his strength is great, and will you leave to him your labor?
Given its strength, can you trust it? Can you leave and trust the ox to do your work?

What does Job 39:11 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Job 39:11

Wilt thou trust him, because his strength [is] great?
&c.] No; tame oxen are employed because they are strong to labour, ( Psalms 144:14 ) ; and they are to be trusted, in ploughing or treading out the corn, under direction, because they are manageable, and will attend to business with constancy; but the wild ox, though stronger, and so fitter for labour, is yet not to be trusted, because unruly and unmanageable: if that sort of wild oxen called "uri" could be thought to be meant, for which Bootius F8 contends, Caesar's account of them would agree with this character of the "reem", as to his great strength: he says of them F9, they are in size a little smaller than elephants, of the kind, colour, and shape of a bull; they are of great strength and of great swiftness, and not to be tamed;

or wilt thou leave thy labour to him?
to plough thy fields, to harrow thy lands, and to bring home the ripe corn? as in ( Job 39:12 ) ; thou wilt not.


F8 Animadvers. Sacr. l. 3. c. 1. s. 14.
F9 Comment. de Bello Gall. l. 6. c. 27.
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