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Job 39:6

To whom I gave the wilderness for a home And the salt land for his dwelling place?
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - God;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Ass, the Wild;   Beasts;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Animals;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Ass;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Arabia;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Arabia, Arabs;   Knowledge;   Nature;   World;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Ass;   Salt;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Barren;   Champaign;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Whose house - Habitation, or place of resort.

The barren land - מלחה melechah, the salt land, or salt places, as in the margin. See above.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Job 39:6". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/job-39.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Whose house I have made - God had appointed its home in the desert.

And the barren land his dwellings - Margin, as in Hebrew “salt places.” Such places were usually barren. Psalm 107:34, “he turneth a fruitful land into barrenness.” Hebrew “saltness.” Thus, Virgil, Geor. ii. 238-240:

Salsa antem tellus, et quae, perhibetur amara.

Frugibus infelix: ea nec mansuescit arando;

Nec Baccho genus, aut pomis sua nomina servat.

Compare Pliny, Nat. His. 31,7, Deuteronomy 29:23.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Job 39:6". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/job-39.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Whose house I have made the wilderness,.... Appointed that to be his place of residence, as being agreeable to his nature, at a distance from men, and in the less danger of being brought into subjection by them. Such were the deserts of Arabia; where, as XenophonF14De Expedition. Cyri, l. 1. relates, were many of these creatures, and which he represents as very swift: and Leo AfricanusF15Descriptio Africae, l. 9. p. 752. says, great numbers of them are found in deserts, and on the borders of deserts; hence said to be used to the wilderness Jeremiah 2:24;

and the barren land his dwellings; not entirely barren, for then it could not live there; but comparatively, with respect to land that is fruitful: or "salt land"F16מלחה "salsuginem", Montanus; "salsuginosam terram", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. ; for, as PlinyF17Nat. Hist. l. 31. c. 7. says, every place where salt is, is barren.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 39:6". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/job-39.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the f barren land his dwellings.

(f) That is, the barren ground where no good fruit grows.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Job 39:6". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/job-39.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

barren — literally, “salt,” that is, unfruitful. (So Psalm 107:34, Margin.)

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 39:6". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-39.html. 1871-8.

Scofield's Reference Notes

barren land

Heb. "salt places."

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Scofield, C. I. "Scofield Reference Notes on Job 39:6". "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/srn/job-39.html. 1917.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 39:6 Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings.

Ver. 6. Whose house I have made the wilderness] That of Arabia especially near unto Job, where were whole droves of these wild asses. There are a sort of them also in Plara, one of the islands of the Aegean Sea. Hermits and anchorites seem to affect the same liberty; but where did God ever grant it them? Man is Zωον πολιτικον, saith Aristotle, Nature’s good fellow, as one Englisheth him; and no sooner had the Philippians received the gospel but they were in fellowship to a day, Philippians 1:5. The communion of saints is as well a point of Christian practice as an article of Christian belief; and they have much to answer for who sty up themselves, and forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; these are in the ready way to utter apostasy, Hebrews 10:25; Hebrews 10:39. He is not like to walk long who affecteth to walk alone. Two are better than one; and why, see Ecclesiastes 4:9; Ecclesiastes 4:11-12, with the notes.

And the barren land his dwellings] Heb. The salt place, that is, barren as if it had been sowen with salt, 9:45, Psalms 107:33-34. Salt is taken in Scripture to be both a cause and sign of barrenness, Deuteronomy 29:23, Zephaniah 2:9, though among us there are some kind of soils, they say, that are manured with salt, and thereby made fruitful; but in those hot and dry countries it was otherwise. In these barren places God provideth for the wild ass; and although he hath there but little food, yet he is lusty and nimble, and sayeth himself both from the hunter and from the ravage of other fierce and savage creatures, by his strength and swiftness. Xenophon telleth us, That Cyrus passing through the wilderness of Arabia, with his horsemen, there were many of these wild asses (Cyropaed. l. 3); who, being stirred, ran so swiftly away, that some horsemen following could not come near them; then standing still; but when the horsemen approached they fell again running as before, thus deluding them. Haec igitur bestia non mediocre mirabilis Dei potentiae vestigium est, saith Brentius. In this beast, therefore, there is much of God’s great power and providence to be seen. And from hence also we may gather, saith another interpreter, that a little is enough to sustain men in the wilderness of this world. As the children of Israel also were here sustained, having nothing to eat but what God sent them down from heaven from day to day, forty years together. Nature is content with a little, grace with less.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Job 39:6". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/job-39.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Who useth and loveth to dwell in desert lands, Jeremiah 2:24 Hosea 8:3,9.

The barren land; called barren, not simply, for then he must be starved there; but comparatively, unmanaged, and therefore in a great measure unfruitful land.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Job 39:6". 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

6.Barren land — Literally, salt waste. The deserts in the East are frequently incrusted with salt.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Job 39:6". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/job-39.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Barren. Literally, "salt." (Haydock) --- This is of a nitrous quality, which renders those countries barren. The salt in snow and dung gives warmth and fruitfulness.

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Job 39:6". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/job-39.html. 1859.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings.

Barren - literally, salt - i:e., unfruitful [ m

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 39:6". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/job-39.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings.
barren land
Heb. salt places.
Deuteronomy 29:23; Psalms 107:34; Jeremiah 17:6; Ezekiel 47:11
Reciprocal: Jeremiah 14:6 - the wild

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 39:6". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-39.html.