Job 39:5

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

Read Job 39:5 Using Other Translations

Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?
"Who has let the wild donkey go free? Who has loosed the bonds of the swift donkey,
“Who gives the wild donkey its freedom? Who untied its ropes?

What does Job 39:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
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.


FOOTNOTES:

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