||English: New American Standard Bible
Job 39 [Commentary] |
|| "Do you know the time the mountain goats give birth?
Do you observe the calving of the deer?
||"Can you count the months they fulfill,
Or do you know the time they give birth?
||"They kneel down, they bring forth their young,
They get rid of their labor pains.
||"Their offspring become strong, they grow up in the open field;
They leave and do not return to them.
||"Who sent out the wild donkey free?
And who loosed the bonds of the swift donkey,
||To whom I gave the wilderness for a home
And the salt land for his dwelling place?
||"He scorns the tumult of the city,
The shoutings of the driver he does not hear.
||"He explores the mountains for his pasture
And searches after every green thing.
||"Will the wild ox consent to serve you,
Or will he spend the night at your manger?
||"Can you bind the wild ox in a furrow with ropes,
Or will he harrow the valleys after you?
||"Will you trust him because his strength is great
And leave your labor to him?
||"Will you have faith in him that he will return your grain
And gather it from your threshing floor?
||"The ostriches' wings flap joyously
With the pinion and plumage of love,
||For she abandons her eggs to the earth
And warms them in the dust,
||And she forgets that a foot may crush them,
Or that a wild beast may trample them.
||"She treats her young cruelly, as if they were not hers;
Though her labor be in vain, she is unconcerned;
||Because God has made her forget wisdom,
And has not given her a share of understanding.
||"When she lifts herself on high,
She laughs at the horse and his rider.
||"Do you give the horse his might?
Do you clothe his neck with a mane?
||"Do you make him leap like the locust?
His majestic snorting is terrible.
||"He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength;
He goes out to meet the weapons.
||"He laughs at fear and is not dismayed;
And he does not turn back from the sword.
||"The quiver rattles against him,
The flashing spear and javelin.
||"With shaking and rage he races over the ground,
And he does not stand still at the voice of the trumpet.
||"As often as the trumpet sounds he says, `Aha!'
And he scents the battle from afar,
And the thunder of the captains and the war cry.
||"Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars,
Stretching his wings toward the south?
||"Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up
And makes his nest on high?
||"On the cliff he dwells and lodges,
Upon the rocky crag, an inaccessible place.
||"From there he spies out food;
His eyes see it from afar.
||"His young ones also suck up blood;
And where the slain are, there is he."
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