Ass, The Wild

  • Inhabits wild and solitary places.

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

    Isaiah 32:14 Because the palaces shall be forsaken; the multitude of the city shall be left; the forts and towers shall be for dens for ever, a joy of wild asses, a pasture of flocks;

    Daniel 5:21 And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will.

  • Ranges the mountains for food.

    Job 39:8 The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.

  • ass (KJV Dictionary)

  • Brays when hungry.

    Job 6:5 Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder?

  • Suffers in time of scarcity.

    Jeremiah 14:6 And the wild asses did stand in the high places, they snuffed up the wind like dragons; their eyes did fail, because there was no grass.

  • DESCRIBED AS
    • See ASS in the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia.

    • Fond of liberty.

      Job 39:5 Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?

    • Intractable.

      Job 11:12 For vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.

    • Unsocial.

      Hosea 8:9 For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath hired lovers.

    See Ass in McClintock and Strong.

  • Despises his pursuers.

    Job 39:7 He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver.

  • Supported by God.

    Psalms 104:10-11 He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills. 11 They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.

  • ILLUSTRATIVE OF
    • Intractableness of natural man.

      Job 11:12 For vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.

    • The wicked in their pursuit of sin.

      Job 24:5 Behold, as wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their children.

    • Israel in their love of idols.

      Jeremiah 2:23-24 How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim? see thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done: thou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways; 24 A wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away? all they that seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they shall find her.

    • The Assyrian power.

      Hosea 8:9 For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath hired lovers.

    • The Ishmaelites

      Genesis 16:12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.

      (Hebrew.)
 
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