1“Do you know when #1 Sam. 24:2; Ps. 104:18 the mountain goats give birth?
Do you observe #Ps. 29:9the calving of the does?
2Can you number the months that they fulfill,
and do you know the time when they give birth,
3when they #1 Sam. 4:19crouch, bring forth their offspring,
and are delivered of their young?
4Their young ones become strong; they grow up in the open;
they go out and #[Gen. 8:12]do not return to them.
5“Who has let the wild donkey go free?
Who has #[ch. 12:18; Ps. 116:16]loosed the bonds of the swift donkey,
6to whom I have given #ch. 24:5; Jer. 2:24 the arid plain for his home
and #Ps. 107:34; Jer. 17:6; [Deut. 29:23]the salt land for his dwelling place?
7He scorns the tumult of the city;
he hears not the shouts of the driver.
8He ranges the mountains as his pasture,
and he searches after every green thing.
9“Is #Num. 23:22 the wild ox willing to serve you?
Will he spend the night at your #Prov. 14:4; Isa. 1:3manger?
10Can you bind #[See ver. 9 above]him in the furrow with ropes,
or will he harrow the valleys after you?
11Will you depend on him because his strength is great,
and will you leave to him your labor?
12Do you have faith in him that he will return your grain
and gather it to your threshing floor?
13“The wings of the ostrich wave proudly,
but are they the pinions and plumage of love?#39:13 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
14For she leaves her eggs to the earth
and lets them be warmed on the ground,
15forgetting that a foot may crush them
and that the wild beast may trample them.
16She #[Lam. 4:3] deals cruelly with her young, as if they were not hers;
though her #Isa. 49:4; 65:23labor be in vain, yet she has no fear,
17because God has made her forget wisdom
and #[ch. 35:11]given her no share in understanding.
18When she rouses herself to flee,#39:18 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
she laughs at the horse and his rider.
19“Do you give the horse his might?
Do you clothe his neck with a mane?
20Do you make him leap like the locust?
His majestic #Jer. 8:16snorting is terrifying.
21He paws#39:21 Hebrew They paw in the valley and exults in his strength;
he #[Jer. 8:6]goes out to meet the weapons.
22He laughs at fear and is not dismayed;
he does not turn back from the sword.
23Upon him rattle the quiver,
the flashing spear, and the javelin.
24With fierceness and rage he swallows the ground;
he cannot stand still at #Jer. 4:19; Amos 3:6the sound of the trumpet.
25When the trumpet sounds, he says ‘Aha!’
He smells the battle from afar,
the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
26“Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars
and spreads his wings toward the south?
27Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up
and makes his #[Num. 24:21; Jer. 49:16; Obad. 4; Hab. 2:9]nest on high?
28On the rock he dwells and makes his home,
on #1 Sam. 14:5the rocky crag and stronghold.
29From there he spies out the prey;
his eyes behold it from far away.
30His young ones suck up blood,
and #Matt. 24:28; Luke 17:37where the slain are, there is he.”
Learn More About English Standard Version 2016
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
Sign up to receive news and updates about the ESV: