Job 39
1“Do you know when the mountain goats give birth?
Do you watch when the deer gives birth to her fawn?
2Do you count the months until they give birth?
Do you know when the time is right for them to give birth?
3They lie down, and their young are born.
Then the pain of giving birth is over.
4Their young ones grow and become strong in the wild country.
Then they leave their homes and do not come back.
5“Who let the wild donkey go free?
Who untied his ropes?
6I am the one who gave the donkey the desert as his home.
I gave him the desert lands as a place to live.
7The wild donkey laughs at the confusion in the city.
He does not hear the drivers shout.
8He roams the hills looking for pasture.
And he looks for anything green to eat.
9“Will the wild ox agree to serve you?
Will he stay by your feeding box at night?
10Can you hold him to the plowed row with a harness?
Will he plow the valleys for you?
11Will you depend on the wild ox for his great strength?
Will you leave your heavy work for him to do?
12Can you trust the ox to bring in your grain?
Will he gather it to your threshing floor?
13“The wings of the ostrich flap happily.
But the ostrich’s wings are not as beautiful as the feathers of the stork.
14The ostrich lays her eggs on the ground
and lets them warm in the sand.
15She does not stop to think that a foot might step on them and crush them.
She does not care that some animal might walk on them.
16The ostrich is cruel to her young, as if they were not even hers.
She does not care that her work is for nothing.
17This is because God did not give the ostrich wisdom.
God did not give her a share of good sense.
18But when the ostrich gets up to run, she is so fast
that she laughs at the horse and its rider.
19“Job, are you the one who gives the horse his strength?
Or do you put a flowing mane on his neck?
20Do you make the horse jump like a locust?
He scares people with his proud snorting.
21He paws wildly, enjoying his strength.
And he charges into the battle.
22He laughs at fear and is afraid of nothing.
He will not run away from the sword.
23The bag of arrows rattles against the horse’s side.
It is there with the flashing spears.
24With great excitement, the horse races over the ground.
He cannot stand still when he hears the trumpet.
25When the trumpet blows, the horse snorts, ‘Aha!’
He smells the battle from far away.
He hears the thunder of commanders and the shouts of battle.
26“Is it through your wisdom that the hawk flies?
Is this why he spreads his wings toward the south?
27Are you the one that commands the eagle to fly
and build his nest so high?
28The eagle lives on a high cliff and stays there at night.
The rocky peak is his protected place.
29From there he looks for his food.
His eyes can see it from far away.
30His young eat blood.
And where there is something dead, the eagle is there.”
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