Job 39

39:1 “Are you acquainted with the way1

the mountain goats2 give birth?

Do you watch as the wild deer give birth to their young?

39:2 Do you count the months they must fulfill,

and do you know the time they give birth?3

39:3 They crouch, they bear4 their young,

they bring forth the offspring they have carried.5

39:4 Their young grow strong, and grow up in the open;6

they go off, and do not return to them.

39:5 Who let the wild donkey go free?

Who released the bonds of the donkey,

39:6 to whom I appointed the steppe for its home,

the salt wastes as its dwelling place?

39:7 It scorns the tumult in the town;

it does not hear the shouts of a driver.7

39:8 It ranges the hills as its pasture,

and searches after every green plant.

39:9 Is the wild ox willing to be your servant?

Will it spend the night at your feeding trough?

39:10 Can you bind the wild ox8 to a furrow with its rope,

will it till the valleys, following after you?

39:11 Will you rely on it because its strength is great?

Will you commit9 your labor to it?

39:12 Can you count on10 it to bring in11 your grain,12

and gather the grain13 to your threshing floor?14

39:1315 “The wings of the ostrich16 flap with joy,17

but are they the pinions and plumage of a stork?18

39:14 For she leaves19 her eggs on the ground,

and lets them be warmed on the soil.

39:15 She forgets that a foot might crush them,

or that a wild animal20 might trample them.

39:16 She is harsh21 with her young,

as if they were not hers;

she is unconcerned

about the uselessness of her labor.

39:17 For God deprived her of wisdom,

and did not impart understanding to her.

39:18 But as soon as she springs up,22

she laughs at the horse and its rider.

39:19 “Do you give the horse its strength?

Do you clothe its neck with a mane?23

39:20 Do you make it leap24 like a locust?

Its proud neighing25 is terrifying!

39:21 It26 paws the ground in the valley,27

exulting mightily,28

it goes out to meet the weapons.

39:22 It laughs at fear and is not dismayed;

it does not shy away from the sword.

39:23 On it the quiver rattles;

the lance and javelin29 flash.

39:24 In excitement and impatience it consumes the ground;30

it cannot stand still31 when the trumpet is blown.

39:25 At the sound of the trumpet, it says, ‘Aha!’

And from a distance it catches the scent of battle,

the thunderous shouting of commanders,

and the battle cries.

39:26 “Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars,32

and spreads its wings toward the south?

39:27 Is it at your command33 that the eagle soars,

and builds its nest on high?

39:28 It lives on a rock and spends the night there,

on a rocky crag34 and a fortress.35

39:29 From there it spots36 its prey,37

its eyes gaze intently from a distance.

39:30 And its young ones devour the blood,

and where the dead carcasses38 are,

there it is.”

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