Job 39:21

21 It paws fiercely, rejoicing in its strength, and charges into the fray.

Job 39:21 in Other Translations

21 He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men.
21 He paws in the valley and exults in his strength; he goes out to meet the weapons.
21 It paws the earth and rejoices in its strength when it charges out to battle.
21 He paws the ground fiercely, eager and spirited, then charges into the fray.
21 He paws in the valley and rejoices in his strength; He charges into battle.

Job 39:21 Meaning and Commentary

Job 39:21

He paweth in the valley
Where armies are usually pitched and set in battle army, and especially the cavalry, for which the valley is most convenient; and here the horse is impatient of engaging, cannot stand still, but rises up with his fore feet and paws and prances, and, as the word signifies, digs the earth and makes it hollow, by a continual striking upon it; so generally horses are commonly described in this manner F19;

and rejoiceth in [his] strength;
of which he is sensible, and glories in it; marches to the battle with pride and stateliness, defying, as it were, the enemy, and as if sure of victory, of which he has knowledge when obtained; for Lactantius says F20 of horses, when conquerors they exult, when conquered they grieve; it has its name in the Hebrew language from rejoicing F21;

he goeth on to meet the armed men;
without any fear or dread of them, as follows.


F19 "Cavatque tellurem". Virgil. Georgic. l. 3. v. 87.
F20 Institut. l. 3. c. 8.
F21 (vwv) "gavisus est". Vid. Buxtorf. in voce (owo) .

Job 39:21 In-Context

19 “Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane?
20 Do you make it leap like a locust, striking terror with its proud snorting?
21 It paws fiercely, rejoicing in its strength, and charges into the fray.
22 It laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; it does not shy away from the sword.
23 The quiver rattles against its side, along with the flashing spear and lance.

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