Job 39

1“Do you know when athe mountain goats give birth?
Do you observe bthe calving of the does?
2Can you number the months that they fulfill,
and do you know the time when they give birth,
3when they ccrouch, bring forth their offspring,
and are delivered of their young?
4Their young ones become strong; they grow up in the open;
they go out and ddo not return to them.
5 Who has let the wild donkey go free?
Who has eloosed the bonds of the swift donkey,
6to whom I have given fthe arid plain for his home
and gthe salt land for his dwelling place?
7He scorns the tumult of the city;
he hears not the shouts of the driver.
8He ranges the mountains as his pasture,
and he searches after every green thing.
9 “Is hthe wild ox willing to serve you?
Will he spend the night at your imanger?
10Can you bind jhim in the furrow with ropes,
or will he harrow the valleys after you?
11Will you depend on him because his strength is great,
and will you leave to him your labor?
12Do you have faith in him that he will return your grain
and gather it to your threshing floor?
13 “The wings of the ostrich wave proudly,
but are they the pinions and plumage of love?
The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain

14For she leaves her eggs to the earth
and lets them be warmed on the ground,
15forgetting that a foot may crush them
and that the wild beast may trample them.
16She ldeals cruelly with her young, as if they were not hers;
though her mlabor be in vain, yet she has no fear,
17because God has made her forget wisdom
and ngiven her no share in understanding.
18When she rouses herself to flee
The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain

she laughs at the horse and his rider.
19 “Do you give the horse his might?
Do you clothe his neck with a mane?
20Do you make him leap like the locust?
His majestic psnorting is terrifying.
21He paws
Hebrew They paw
in the valley and exults in his strength;
he rgoes out to meet the weapons.
22He laughs at fear and is not dismayed;
he does not turn back from the sword.
23Upon him rattle the quiver,
the flashing spear, and the javelin.
24With fierceness and rage he swallows the ground;
he cannot stand still at sthe sound of the trumpet.
25When the trumpet sounds, he saysAha!’
He smells the battle from afar,
the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
26 “Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars
and spreads his wings toward the south?
27Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up
and makes his tnest on high?
28On the rock he dwells and makes his home,
on uthe rocky crag and stronghold.
29From there he spies out the prey;
his eyes behold it from far away.
30His young ones suck up blood,
and vwhere the slain are, there is he.”
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