1“Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you observe the calving doe?
2Do you count the months they fulfill and do you know the time when they give birth
3when they kneel, bring forth their young, and their labor pains end?
4Their young thrive and grow strong in the open field; They leave and never return to them.
5“Who sent the wild donkey free? Who released the bonds of the wild ass,
6to whom I gave the Arabah as its home, the salt land as its dwelling place?
7It scorns the commotion in the town; it does not hear the taskmaster’s shouts.
8It explores the mountains as its pasture and searches after every green thing.
9“Is the wild ox willing to serve you? Will it spend the night at your manger?
10Will you bind a wild ox to a furrow with his rope? Will it plow valleys behind you?
11Will you rely on it for its great strength? Will you leave your labor to it?
12Can you trust it to bring in your seed and gather it to your threshing floor?
13“The wings of the ostrich flap joyously, but are they the pinions and plumage of a stork?
14For she leaves her eggs on the ground and lets them warm in the soil,
15and forgets that a foot may crush them, that a wild beast may trample them.
16She treats her young ones harshly, as if they were not hers; She is not concerned that her labor was in vain,
17for God did not endow her with wisdom or give her a share of understanding.
18When she lifts herself to flee she laughs at the horse and its rider.
19“Do you give the horse its strength? Do you clothe his neck with a mane?
20Do you cause him to leap like locust? His majestic snorting is terrifying!
21He paws in the valley and exalting in his strength he charges into the fray.
22He laughs at fear and is not dismayed; he does not recoil from the sword.
23On him the quiver rattles; the spear and javelin flash.
24With quaking and excitement, he swallows up the ground. He cannot stand still when the shofar sounds.
25At the blast of the shofar, he says, ‘Aha!’ From a distance he smells battle, the shout of the captains and the battle cry.
26“Is it by your wisdom that the hawk soars, spreading its wings toward the south?
27Is it by your command that an eagle soars and builds its nest high?
28It dwells on a cliff and spends the night there, on a rocky crag and stronghold.
29From there it searches for food; its eyes detect it from afar.
30Its young ones suck up blood, and where the slain are, there it is.”