Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Job 39:12

"Will you have faith in him that he will return your grain And gather it from your threshing floor?
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Barn;   God;   Unicorn (Wild Ox, Rsv);   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Unicorn;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Unicorn;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Animals;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Barn;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Unicorn;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Knowledge;   Nature;   Unicorn;   World;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Wild-Ox;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Buffalo;   Unicorn;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

That he will bring home thy seed - Thou canst make no domestic nor agricultural use of him.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Job 39:12". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/job-39.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Wilt thou believe him? - That is, wilt thou trust him with the productions of the field? The idea is, that he was an untamed and unsubdued animal. He could not be governed, like the camel or the ox. If the sheaves of the harvest were laid on him, there would be no certainty that he would convey them where the farmer wished them.

And gather it into thy barn? - Or, rather, “to thy threshing-floor,” for so the word used here (גרן gôren ) means. It was not common to gather a harvest into a barn, but it was usually collected on a hard-trod place and there threshed and winnowed. For the use of the word, see Rth 3:2 ; Judges 6:37; Numbers 18:30; Isaiah 21:10.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Job 39:12". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/job-39.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Wilt thou believe him that he will bring home thy seed?.... Draw in the cart, and bring home the ripe sheaves of corn, as the tame ox does? no; thou knowest him too well to believe he will bring it home in safety;

and gather it into thy barn; to be trodden out, which used to be done by oxen in those times: if therefore Job could not manage such unruly creatures as the wild ass and the wild ox, and make them serviceable to him, how unfit must he be to govern the world, or to direct in the affairs of Providence?

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 39:12". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/job-39.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

believe — trust.

seed — produce (1 Samuel 8:15).

into thy barn — rather, “gather (the contents of) thy threshing-floor” [Maurer]; the corn threshed on it.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 39:12". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-39.html. 1871-8.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 39:12 Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather [it into] thy barn?

Ver. 12. Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed] That is, the crop that comes of thy seed; as in the former verse, thy labour, that is, the fruit of thy labour, as Psalms 128:2. There is no trusting to this wild and fierce creature to do any such thing. Vertoman saith, that he saw two unicorns, and that they were not of so fierce a nature but that they might be brought to somewhat. But then they were not true unicorns, say we; such as God here describeth.

And gather it into thy barn?] No trusting to the unicorn’s gentleness for any such matter, unless we desire to be deceived.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Job 39:12". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/job-39.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Will bring home thy seed, Heb. will return thy seed; either,

1. By ploughing and harrowing thy land so well that it shall make a good return to thee for thy seed. Or rather,

2. By bringing into thy barn, as it follows, thy seed, i.e. the product of thy seed, or thy sheaves of corn, as this word is used, Haggai 2:19.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Job 39:12". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/job-39.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

12.Thy barn — Better, threshing floor.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Job 39:12". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/job-39.html. 1874-1909.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy barn?

Believe - trust.

Seed - produce [ zera` (Hebrew #2233)] (1 Samuel 8:15).

Into thy barn - rather, gather (the contents of) thy threshing floor [ goren (Hebrew #1637)]: Maurer, the grain threshed on it.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 39:12". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/job-39.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(12) Wilt thou believe him?—i.e., trust him, as in the former verse “Wilt thou [trust” was, rather, Wilt thou feel confidence in him?

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Job 39:12". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/job-39.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy barn?
he
Nehemiah 13:15; Amos 2:13
gather
Proverbs 3:16; Haggai 2:19; Matthew 3:2; 13:30
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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 39:12". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-39.html.