Can you bind the wild ox 1 to a furrow with its rope, will it till the valleys, following after you?
Can you hold him to the furrow with a harness? Will he till the valleys behind you?
"Can you bind the wild ox in a furrow with ropes, Or will he harrow the valleys after you?
Can you hitch a wild ox to a plow? Will it plow a field for you?
Can you imagine hitching your plow to a buffalo and getting him to till your fields?
Will he be pulling your plough with cords, turning up the valleys after you?
Can you tie it in the furrow with ropes, or will it harrow the valleys after you?
Can you bind the wild ox in the furrow with ropes? Or will he plow the valleys behind you?
Canst thou bind
with his band
in the furrow
or will he harrow
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Can you bind
the wild ox
to a furrow
with its rope
, will it till the valleys
, following afteryou?
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1 tn Some commentators think that the addition of the “wild ox” here is a copyist’s error, making the stich too long. They therefore delete it. Also, binding an animal to the furrow with ropes is unusual. So with a slight emendation Kissane came up with “Will you bind him with a halter of cord?” While the MT is unusual, the sense is understandable, and no changes, even slight ones, are absolutely necessary.