39 1DO YOU know the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth [their young]? [Or] do you observe when the hinds are giving birth? [Do you attend to all this, Job?] 2Can you number the months that they carry their offspring? Or do you know the time when they are delivered, 3When they bow themselves, bring forth their young ones, [and] cast out their pains? 4Their young ones become strong, they grow up in the open field; they go forth and return not to them. 5Who has sent out the wild donkey, giving him his freedom? Or who has loosed the bands of the swift donkey [by which his tame brother is bound--he, the shy, the swift-footed, and the untamable], 6Whose home I have made the wilderness, and the salt land his dwelling place? 7He scorns the tumult of the city and hears not the shoutings of the taskmaster. 8The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searches after every green thing. 9Will the wild ox be willing to serve you, or remain beside your manger? 10Can you bind the wild ox with a harness to the plow in the furrow? Or will he harrow the furrows for you? 11Will you trust him because his strength is great, or to him will you leave your labor? 12Will you depend upon him to bring home your seed and gather the grain of your threshing floor? [Who, Job, was the author of this strange variance in the disposition of animals so alike in appearance? Was it you?] 13The wings of the ostrich wave proudly, [but] are they the pinions and plumage of love? 14The ostrich leaves her eggs on the ground and warms them in the dust, 15Forgetting that a foot may crush them or that the wild beast may trample them. 16She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers; her labor is in vain because she has no sense of danger [for her unborn brood], 17For God has deprived her of wisdom, neither has He imparted to her understanding. 18Yet when she lifts herself up in flight, [so swift is she that] she can laugh to scorn the horse and his rider. 19Have you given the horse his might? Have you clothed his neck with quivering and a shaking mane? 20Was it you [Job] who made him to leap like a locust? The majesty of his [snorting] nostrils is terrible. 21He paws in the valley and exults in his strength; he goes out to meet the weapons [of armed men]. 22He mocks at fear and is not dismayed or terrified; neither does he turn back [in battle] from the sword. 23The quiver rattles upon him, as do the glittering spear and the lance [of his rider]. 24[He seems in running to] devour the ground with fierceness and rage; neither can he stand still at the sound of the [war] trumpet. 25As often as the trumpet sounds he says, Ha, ha! And he smells the battle from afar, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting. 26Is it by your wisdom [Job] that the hawk soars and stretches her wings toward the south [as winter approaches]? 27Does the eagle mount up at your command and make his nest on [a] high [inaccessible place]? 28On the cliff he dwells and remains securely, upon the point of the rock and the stronghold. 29From there he spies out the prey; and his eyes see it afar off. 30His young ones suck up blood, and where the slain are, there is he.
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