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“But ask the animals, and they will teach you;

the birds of the air, and they will tell you;


ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you;

and the fish of the sea will declare to you.


Who among all these does not know

that the hand of the Lord has done this?


In his hand is the life of every living thing

and the breath of every human being.

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7, 8. Beasts, birds, fishes, and plants, reasons Job, teach that the violent live the most securely (Job 12:6). The vulture lives more securely than the dove, the lion than the ox, the shark than the dolphin, the rose than the thorn which tears it.

8. speak to the earth—rather, "the shrubs of the earth" [Umbreit].

9. In all these cases, says Job, the agency must be referred to Jehovah, though they may seem to man to imply imperfection (Job 12:6; 9:24). This is the only undisputed passage of the poetical part in which the name "Jehovah" occurs; in the historical parts it occurs frequently.

10. the soul—that is, the animal life. Man, reasons Job, is subjected to the same laws as the lower animals.