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Job 39:18

18 Yet when she spreads her feathers to run, she laughs at horse and rider.

Read Job 39:18 Using Other Translations

What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider.
When she rouses herself to flee, she laughs at the horse and his rider.
But whenever she jumps up to run, she passes the swiftest horse with its rider.

What does Job 39:18 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Job 39:18

What time she lifted up herself on high
It is sometimes eight foot high F12; when alarmed with approaching danger she raises up herself, being sitting on the ground, and erects her wings for flight, or rather running;

she scorneth the horse and his rider;
being then, as Pliny F13 says, higher than a man on horseback, and superior to a horse in swiftness; and though horsemen have been able to take wild asses and goats, very swift creatures, yet never ostriches, as Xenophon relates F14 of those in Arabia; and this creature has another method, when pursued, by which it defies and despises, as well as hurts and incommodes its pursuers, which is by casting stones backward at them with its feet as out of a sling F15.


F12 Philosoph. Transact. abridged, vol. 2. p. 360.
F13 Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 10. c. 1.
F14 De Expedit. Cyri, l. 1.
F15 Plin. ut supra. (Nat. Hist. l. 10. c. 1.) Aelian. de Animal. l. 4. c. 37.
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