1Do you know when mountain goats are born?
Have you watched wild deer give birth?
2Do you know how long they carry their young?
Do you know the time for their birth?
3Do you know when they will crouch down
and bring their young into the world?
4In the wilds their young grow strong;
they go away and don't come back.
5Who gave the wild donkeys their freedom?
Who turned them loose and let them roam?
6I gave them the desert to be their home,
and let them live on the salt plains.
7They keep far away from the noisy cities,
and no one can tame them and make them work.
8The mountains are the pastures where they feed,
where they search for anything green to eat.
9Will a wild ox work for you?
Is he willing to spend the night in your stable?
10Can you hold one with a rope and make him plough?
Or make him pull a harrow in your fields?
11Can you rely on his great strength
and expect him to do your heavy work?
12Do you expect him to bring in your harvest
and gather the grain from your threshing place?
13How fast the wings of an ostrich beat!
But no ostrich can fly like a stork.#39.13 Verse 13 in Hebrew is unclear.
14The ostrich leaves her eggs on the ground
for the heat in the soil to warm them.
15She is unaware that a foot may crush them
or a wild animal break them.
16She acts as if the eggs were not hers,
and is unconcerned that her efforts were wasted.
17It was I who made her foolish
and did not give her wisdom.
18But when she begins to run,#39.18 Probable text run; Hebrew unclear.
she can laugh at any horse and rider.
19Was it you, Job, who made horses so strong
and gave them their flowing manes?
20Did you make them leap like locusts
and frighten people with their snorting?
21They eagerly paw the ground in the valley;
they rush into battle with all their strength.
22They do not know the meaning of fear,
and no sword can turn them back.
23The weapons which their riders carry
rattle and flash in the sun.
24Trembling with excitement, the horses race ahead;
when the trumpet blows, they can't stand still.
25At each blast of the trumpet they snort;
they can smell a battle before they get near,
and they hear the officers shouting commands.
26Does a hawk learn from you how to fly
when it spreads its wings towards the south?
27Does an eagle wait for your command
to build its nest high in the mountains?
28It makes its home on the highest rocks
and makes the sharp peaks its fortress.
29From there it watches near and far
for something to kill and eat.
30 # Mt 24.28; Lk 17.37 Around dead bodies the eagles gather,
and the young eagles drink the blood.