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The more fully to convince Job of his ignorance, God here
Of the wild goats and hinds, ver. 1 - 4.
Of the wild ass, ver. 5 - 8.
Of the unicorn, ver. 9 - 12.
Of the peacock and ostrich, ver. 13 - 18.
Of the horse, ver. 19 - 25.
Of the hawk and eagle, ver, 26 - 30.
4: Young ones - Notwithstanding their great weakness caused by
their hard entrance into the world. Grow up - As with corn, that is,
as if they were fed with corn. Go forth - Finding sufficient provisions
abroad by the care of God's providence.
5: Sent - Who hath given him this disposition that he loves freedom,
and hates that subjection which other creatures quietly endure?
Loosed - Who keeps him from receiving the bands, and submitting to the
service of man.
7: Scorneth - He feareth them not when they pursue him, because he
is swift, and can easily escape them. Driver - He will not be brought
to receive his yoke, nor to do his drudgery.
8: Mountains - He prefers that mean provision with his freedom,
before the fattest pastures with servitude.
9: Unicorn - It is disputed whether this be the Rhinoceros; or a
kind of wild bull.
16: Her labour - In laying her eggs is in vain, because she hath
not the fear and tender concern for them, which she should have.
17: Deprived - Because God hath not implanted in her that instinct,
and affection, which he hath put into other birds and beasts toward
18: Lifteth - To flee from her pursuer: to which end she lifts up
her head and body, and spreads her wings. Scorneth - She despises them
thro' her swiftness; for though she cannot fly, yet by the aid of her
wings she runs so fast, that horse - men cannot reach her.
19: Thunder - A strong metaphor, to denote force and terror.
21: Valley - Battles used to be pitched in valleys, or low grounds,
especially horse battles.
23: Quiver - The quiver is here put for the arrows contained in
it, which being shot against the horse and rider, make a rattling noise.
24: Swalloweth - He is so full of rage and fury, that he not only
champs his bridle, but is ready to tear and devour the very ground on
which he goes. Believeth - He is so pleased with the approach of the
battle, and the sound of the trumpet calling to it, that he can scarce
believe his ears for gladness.
25: Ha, ha - An expression of joy and alacrity declared by his proud
neighings. Thunder - The loud and joyful clamour begun by the commanders,
and followed by the soldiers when they are ready to join battle.
26: Fly - So strongly, constantly, unweariedly, and swiftly.
South - At the approach of winter, when wild hawks fly into warmer
countries, as being impatient of cold. The birds of the air are
proofs of the wonderful providence of God, as well as the beasts
of the earth. God instances in two stately ones.
27: Mount - Flies directly upward 'till she be out of thy sight;
which no other bird can do.
29: Her eyes - Her sight is exceeding sharp and strong, so that she
is able to look upon the sun with open eyes, and to behold the smallest
prey upon the earth or sea, when she is mounted out of our sight.
33: Blood - There are divers eagles who do not feed upon carcases,
but many eagles do feed on them. She - In an instant, flying thither
with admirable celerity.