God Speaks of Nature and Its Beings
1“Do you know the time the mountain goats give birth?
2“Can you count the months they fulfill,
3“They kneel down, they bring forth their young,
4“Their offspring become strong, they grow up in the open field;
5“Who sent out the wild donkey free?
6To whom I gave the wilderness for a home,
7“He scorns the tumult of the city,
8“He explores the mountains for his pasture,
9“Will the wild ox consent to serve you?
10“Can you bind the wild ox in a furrow with ropes?
11“Will you trust him because his strength is great
12“Will you have faith in him that he will return your grain,
13“The ostriches’ wings flap joyously
14For she abandons her eggs to the earth,
15And she forgets that a foot may crush them,
16“She treats her young cruelly, as if they were not hers;
17Because God has made her forget wisdom,
18“When she lifts herself on high,
19“Do you give the horse his might?
20“Do you make him leap like the locust?
21“He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength;
22“He laughs at fear and is not dismayed;
23“The quiver rattles against him,
24“With shaking and rage he races over the ground;
25“As often as the trumpet sounds he says, ‘Aha!’
26“Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars,
27“Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up,
28“On the cliff he dwells and lodges,
29“From there he spies out food;
30“His young ones also suck up blood;