Job 39
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God Continues to Challenge Job

1“Do you know the time when the wild mountain goats bear young?
Or can you mark when the deer gives birth?
2Can you number the months that they fulfill?
Or do you know the time when they bear young?
3They bow down,
They bring forth their young,
They deliver their [a]offspring.
4Their young ones are healthy,
They grow strong with grain;
They depart and do not return to them.

5“Who set the wild donkey free?
Who loosed the bonds of the [b]onager,
6Whose home I have made the wilderness,
And the [c]barren land his dwelling?
7He scorns the tumult of the city;
He does not heed the shouts of the driver.
8The range of the mountains is his pasture,
And he searches after every green thing.

9“Will the wild ox be willing to serve you?
Will he bed by your manger?
10Can you bind the wild ox in the furrow with ropes?
Or will he plow the valleys behind you?
11Will you trust him because his strength is great?
Or will you leave your labor to him?
12Will you trust him to bring home your [d]grain,
And gather it to your threshing floor?

13“The wings of the ostrich wave proudly,
But are her wings and pinions like the kindly stork’s?
14For she leaves her eggs on the ground,
And warms them in the dust;
15She forgets that a foot may crush them,
Or that a wild beast may break them.
16She treats her young harshly, as though they were not hers;
Her labor is in vain, without [e]concern,
17Because God deprived her of wisdom,
And did not endow her with understanding.
18When she lifts herself on high,
She scorns the horse and its rider.

19“Have you given the horse strength?
Have you clothed his neck with [f]thunder?
20Can you [g]frighten him like a locust?
His majestic snorting strikes terror.
21He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength;
He gallops into the clash of arms.
22He mocks at fear, and is not frightened;
Nor does he turn back from the sword.
23The quiver rattles against him,
The glittering spear and javelin.
24He devours the distance with fierceness and rage;
Nor does he come to a halt because the trumpet has sounded.
25At the blast of the trumpet he says, ‘Aha!’
He smells the battle from afar,
The thunder of captains and shouting.

26“Does the hawk fly by your wisdom,
And spread its wings toward the south?
27Does the eagle mount up at your command,
And make its nest on high?
28On the rock it dwells and resides,
On the crag of the rock and the stronghold.
29From there it spies out the prey;
Its eyes observe from afar.
30Its young ones suck up blood;
And where the slain are, there it is.


  1. Job 39:3 Lit. pangs
  2. Job 39:5 A species of wild donkey
  3. Job 39:6 Lit. salt land
  4. Job 39:12 Lit. seed
  5. Job 39:16 Lit. fear
  6. Job 39:19 Or a mane
  7. Job 39:20 make him spring
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, Copyright © 1982 Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.

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