Job 39
Christian Standard BibleKing James Bible
1Do you know when mountain goats give birth? Have you watched the deer in labor?1Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?
2Can you count the months they are pregnant so you can know the time they give birth?2Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?
3They crouch down to give birth to their young; they deliver their newborn.3They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones, they cast out their sorrows.
4Their offspring are healthy and grow up in the open field. They leave and do not return.4Their young ones are in good liking, they grow up with corn; they go forth, and return not unto them.
5Who set the wild donkey free? Who released the swift donkey from its harness?5Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?
6I made the desert its home, and the salty wasteland its dwelling.6Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings.
7It scoffs at the noise of the village and never hears the shouts of a driver.7He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver.
8It roams the mountains for its pastureland, searching for anything green.8The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.
9Would the wild ox be willing to serve you? Would it spend the night by your feeding trough?9Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?
10Can you hold the wild ox to a furrow by its harness? Will it plow the valleys behind you?10Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?
11Can you depend on it because its strength is great? Would you leave it to do your hard work?11Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him?
12Can you trust the wild ox to harvest your grain and bring it to your threshing floor?12Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy barn?
13The wings of the ostrich flap joyfully, but are her feathers and plumage like the stork's?13Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?
14She abandons her eggs on the ground and lets them be warmed in the sand.14Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,
15She forgets that a foot may crush them or that some wild animal may trample them.15And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.
16She treats her young harshly, as if they were not her own, with no fear that her labor may have been in vain.16She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers: her labour is in vain without fear;
17For God has deprived her of wisdom; he has not endowed her with understanding.17Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.
18When she proudly spreads her wings, she laughs at the horse and its rider.18What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider.
19Do you give strength to the horse? Do you adorn his neck with a mane?19Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?
20Do you make him leap like a locust? His proud snorting fills one with terror.20Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible.
21He paws in the valley and rejoices in his strength; he charges into battle.21He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men.
22He laughs at fear, since he is afraid of nothing; he does not run from the sword.22He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword.
23A quiver rattles at his side, along with a flashing spear and a javelin.23The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield.
24He charges ahead with trembling rage; he cannot stand still at the trumpet's sound.24He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet.
25When the trumpet blasts, he snorts defiantly. He smells the battle from a distance; he hears the officers' shouts and the battle cry.25He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
26Does the hawk take flight by your understanding and spread its wings to the south?26Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south?
27Does the eagle soar at your command and make its nest on high?27Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?
28It lives on a cliff where it spends the night; its stronghold is on a rocky crag.28She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place.
29From there it searches for prey; its eyes penetrate the distance.29From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.
30Its brood gulps down blood, and where the slain are, it is there.30Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is she.
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