Job 38:39-40

39 “Do you hunt the prey for the lioness and satisfy the hunger of the lions
40 when they crouch in their dens or lie in wait in a thicket?

Job 38:39 in Other Translations

KJV
39 Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions,
ESV
39 "Can you hunt the prey for the lion, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
NLT
39 “Can you stalk prey for a lioness and satisfy the young lions’ appetites
MSG
39 "Can you teach the lioness to stalk her prey and satisfy the appetite of her cubs
CSB
39 Can you hunt prey for a lioness or satisfy the appetite of young lions

Job 38:39-40 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO JOB 38

In this chapter the Lord takes up the controversy with Job; calls upon him to prepare to engage with him in it, and demands an answer to posing questions he puts to him, concerning the earth and the fabric of it, Job 38:1-7; concerning the sea, compared to an infant in embryo, at its birth, in its swaddling bands and cradle, Job 38:8-11; concerning the morning light, its spread and influence, Job 38:12-15; concerning the springs of the sea, the dark parts of the earth, the place both of light and darkness, Job 38:16-21; concerning the various meteors, snow, hail, rain, thunder, lightning, and the influences of the stars, Job 38:22-38; and concerning provision for lions and ravens, Job 38:40,41.

Job 38:39-40 In-Context

37 Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens
38 when the dust becomes hard and the clods of earth stick together?
39 “Do you hunt the prey for the lioness and satisfy the hunger of the lions
40 when they crouch in their dens or lie in wait in a thicket?
41 Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food?

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Genesis 49:9; Psalms 104:21
  • 2. S Job 37:8
  • 3. S Genesis 49:9
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