Job 39:5

5 “Who let the wild donkey go free? Who untied its ropes?

Job 39:5 in Other Translations

5 Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?
5 "Who has let the wild donkey go free? Who has loosed the bonds of the swift donkey,
5 “Who gives the wild donkey its freedom? Who untied its ropes?
5 "Who do you think set the wild donkey free, opened the corral gates and let him go?
5 Who set the wild donkey free? Who released the swift donkey from its harness?

Job 39:5 Meaning and Commentary

Job 39:5

Who hath sent out the wild ass free?
&c.] Into the wide waste, where it is, ranges at pleasure, and is not under the restraint of any; a creature which, as it is naturally wild, is naturally averse to servitude, is desirous of liberty and maintains it: not but that it may be tamed, as Pliny F13 speaks of such as are; but it chooses to be free, and, agreeably to its nature, it is sent out into the wilderness as such: not that it is set free from bondage, for in that it never was until it is tamed; but its nature and inclination, and course it pursues, is to be free. And now the question is, who gave this creature such a nature, and desire after liberty? and such power to maintain it? and directs it to take such methods to secure it, and keep clear of bondage? It is of God;

or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?
not that it has any naturally upon it, and is loosed from them; but because it is as clear of them as such creatures are, which have been in bands and are freed from them: therefore this mode of expression is used, and which signifies the same as before.


F13 Nat. Hist. l. 8. c. 44.

Job 39:5 In-Context

3 They crouch down and bring forth their young; their labor pains are ended.
4 Their young thrive and grow strong in the wilds; they leave and do not return.
5 “Who let the wild donkey go free? Who untied its ropes?
6 I gave it the wasteland as its home, the salt flats as its habitat.
7 It laughs at the commotion in the town; it does not hear a driver’s shout.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Genesis 16:12; Job 6:5; Job 11:12; Job 24:5
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