Job 39
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1"Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn?1Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?
2Do you count the months till they bear? Do you know the time they give birth?2Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?
3They crouch down and bring forth their young; their labor pains are ended.3They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones, they cast out their sorrows.
4Their young thrive and grow strong in the wilds; they leave and do not return.4Their young ones are in good liking, they grow up with corn; they go forth, and return not unto them.
5"Who let the wild donkey go free? Who untied its ropes?5Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?
6I gave it the wasteland as its home, the salt flats as its habitat.6Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings.
7It laughs at the commotion in the town; it does not hear a driver's shout.7He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver.
8It ranges the hills for its pasture and searches for any green thing.8The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.
9"Will the wild ox consent to serve you? Will it stay by your manger at night?9Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?
10Can you hold it to the furrow with a harness? Will it till the valleys behind you?10Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?
11Will you rely on it for its great strength? Will you leave your heavy work to it?11Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him?
12Can you trust it to haul in your grain and bring it to your threshing floor?12Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy barn?
13"The wings of the ostrich flap joyfully, though they cannot compare with the wings and feathers of the stork.13Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?
14She lays her eggs on the ground and lets them warm in the sand,14Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,
15unmindful that a foot may crush them, that some wild animal may trample them.15And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.
16She treats her young harshly, as if they were not hers; she cares not that her labor was in vain,16She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers: her labour is in vain without fear;
17for God did not endow her with wisdom or give her a share of good sense.17Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.
18Yet when she spreads her feathers to run, she laughs at horse and rider.18What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider.
19"Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane?19Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?
20Do you make it leap like a locust, striking terror with its proud snorting?20Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible.
21It paws fiercely, rejoicing in its strength, and charges into the fray.21He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men.
22It laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; it does not shy away from the sword.22He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword.
23The quiver rattles against its side, along with the flashing spear and lance.23The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield.
24In frenzied excitement it eats up the ground; it cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.24He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet.
25At the blast of the trumpet it snorts, 'Aha!' It catches the scent of battle from afar, the shout of commanders and the battle cry.25He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
26"Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom and spread its wings toward the south?26Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south?
27Does the eagle soar at your command and build its nest on high?27Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?
28It dwells on a cliff and stays there at night; a rocky crag is its stronghold.28She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place.
29From there it looks for food; its eyes detect it from afar.29From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.
30Its young ones feast on blood, and where the slain are, there it is."30Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is she.
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