1 “Do you know the time when the goats of the rocks give birth?
Do you observe the doe deer’s giving birth?
2Can you number the months they fulfill,
and do you know the time of its giving birth?
3When they crouch, they bring forth their young ones;
they get rid of their labor pains.#Or “deliver their fetuses”
4Their young ones grow strong; they grow up in the open;
they go forth and do not return to them.
5“Who has sent forth the wild ass free?
And who has released the wild donkey’s bonds,
6to which I have given the wilderness as its house
and the salt flat as its dwelling place?
7It scorns the city’s turmoil;
it does not hear the driver’s shouts.
8It explores the mountains as its pasture
and searches after every kind of green plant.
9“Is the wild ox willing to serve you,
or will he spend the night at your feeding trough?
10Can you tie the wild ox with its rope to a furrow,
or will it harrow the valleys after you?
11Can you trust it because its strength is great,
or will you hand your labor over to it?
12Can you rely on it that it will return your grain
and that it will gather it to your threshing floor?
13“The wings#Hebrew “wing” of the female ostrich flap#Or “flaps”—
are they#Or “if,” or “or” the pinions of the stork or#Hebrew “and” the falcon?
14Indeed, it leaves its eggs to the earth,
and it lets them be warmed on the ground,
15and it forgets that a foot might crush an egg,#Hebrew “it”; or a collective singular (“them”) referring to “eggs” in v. 14
and a wild animal#Literally “an animal of the field” might trample it.#Or a collective singular (“them”) referring to “eggs” in v. 14
16It deals cruelly with its young ones, as if they were not its own,
as if without fear that its labor were in vain,
17because God made it forget wisdom,
and he did not give it a share in understanding.
18When it spreads its wings aloft,#Literally “in the height”
it laughs at the horse and its rider.
19“Do you give power to the horse?
Do you clothe its neck with a mane?
20Do you make it leap like the locust?
The majesty of its snorting is terrifying.
21They paw in the valley, and it exults with strength;
it goes out to meet the battle.
22It laughs at danger and is not dismayed,
and it does not turn back from before#Literally “from faces of” the sword.
23Upon it the quiver rattles
along with the flash of the spear and the short sword.
24With roar and rage it races over the ground,#Or “it paws the ground”; literally “it swallows the earth/ground”
and it cannot stand still at the sound of the horn.
25Whenever#Literally “At enough” a horn sounds, it says, ‘Aha!’
And it smells the battle from a distance—
the thunder of the commanders and the war cry.
26“Does the hawk soar by your wisdom?
Does it spread its wings to the south?
27Or does the eagle fly high at your command
and construct its nest high?
28It lives on the rock and spends the night
on the rock point and the mountain stronghold.#Literally “on the tooth of the rock and the stronghold”
29From there it spies out the prey;
its eyes look from far away.
30And its young ones lick blood greedily,
and where the dead carcasses are, there they are.”