The LORD continues to answer Job, portraying the majesty of animals.
VERSE 1. “Do you know the time when the mountain goats give birth? Do you watch when the doe bears fawns?
VERSE 2. Can you count the months that they fulfill? Or do you know the time when they give birth?
VERSE 3. They bow themselves, they bear their young. They end their labor pains.
VERSE 4. Their young ones become strong. They grow up in the open field. They go out, and don’t return again.
VERSE 5. “Who has set the wild donkey free? Or who has loosened the bonds of the swift donkey,
VERSE 6. Whose home I have made the wilderness, and the salt land his dwelling place?
VERSE 7. He scorns the tumult of the city, neither does he hear the shouting of the driver.
VERSE 8. The range of the mountains is his pasture, He searches after every green thing.
VERSE 9. “Will the wild ox be content to serve you? Or will he stay by your feeding trough?
VERSE 10. Can you hold the wild ox in the furrow with his harness? Or will he till the valleys after you?
VERSE 11. Will you trust him, because his strength is great? Or will you leave to him your labor?
VERSE 12. Will you confide in him, that he will bring home your seed, and gather the grain of your threshing floor?
VERSE 13. “The wings of the ostrich wave proudly; but are they the feathers and plumage of love?
VERSE 14. For she leaves her eggs on the earth, warms them in the dust,
VERSE 15. and forgets that the foot may crush them, or that the wild animal may trample them.
VERSE 16. She deals harshly with her young ones, as if they were not hers. Though her labor is in vain, she is without fear,
VERSE 17. because God has deprived her of wisdom, neither has he imparted to her understanding.
VERSE 18. When she lifts up herself on high, she scorns the horse and his rider.
VERSE 19. “Have you given the horse might? Have you clothed his neck with a quivering mane?
VERSE 20. Have you made him to leap as a locust? The glory of his snorting is awesome.
VERSE 21. He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength. He goes out to meet the armed men.
VERSE 22. He mocks at fear, and is not dismayed, neither does he turn back from the sword.
VERSE 23. The quiver rattles against him, the flashing spear and the javelin.
VERSE 24. He eats up the ground with fierceness and rage, neither does he stand still at the sound of the shofar*.
VERSE 25. As often as the shofar sounds he snorts, ‘Aha!’ He smells the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
VERSE 26. “Is it by your wisdom that the hawk soars, and stretches her wings toward the south?
VERSE 27. Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up, and makes his nest on high?
VERSE 28. On the cliff he dwells, and makes his home, on the point of the cliff, and the stronghold.
VERSE 29. From there he spies out the prey. His eyes see it afar off.
VERSE 30. His young ones also suck up blood. Where the slain are, there he is.”
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