Job 39
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1Do you know when mountain goats give birth? Have you watched the deer in labor?1"Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn?
2Can you count the months they are pregnant so you can know the time they give birth?2Do you count the months till they bear? Do you know the time they give birth?
3They crouch down to give birth to their young; they deliver their newborn.3They crouch down and bring forth their young; their labor pains are ended.
4Their offspring are healthy and grow up in the open field. They leave and do not return.4Their young thrive and grow strong in the wilds; they leave and do not return.
5Who set the wild donkey free? Who released the swift donkey from its harness?5"Who let the wild donkey go free? Who untied its ropes?
6I made the desert its home, and the salty wasteland its dwelling.6I gave it the wasteland as its home, the salt flats as its habitat.
7It scoffs at the noise of the village and never hears the shouts of a driver.7It laughs at the commotion in the town; it does not hear a driver's shout.
8It roams the mountains for its pastureland, searching for anything green.8It ranges the hills for its pasture and searches for any green thing.
9Would the wild ox be willing to serve you? Would it spend the night by your feeding trough?9"Will the wild ox consent to serve you? Will it stay by your manger at night?
10Can you hold the wild ox to a furrow by its harness? Will it plow the valleys behind you?10Can you hold it to the furrow with a harness? Will it till the valleys behind you?
11Can you depend on it because its strength is great? Would you leave it to do your hard work?11Will you rely on it for its great strength? Will you leave your heavy work to it?
12Can you trust the wild ox to harvest your grain and bring it to your threshing floor?12Can you trust it to haul in your grain and bring it to your threshing floor?
13The wings of the ostrich flap joyfully, but are her feathers and plumage like the stork's?13"The wings of the ostrich flap joyfully, though they cannot compare with the wings and feathers of the stork.
14She abandons her eggs on the ground and lets them be warmed in the sand.14She lays her eggs on the ground and lets them warm in the sand,
15She forgets that a foot may crush them or that some wild animal may trample them.15unmindful that a foot may crush them, that some wild animal may trample 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 treats her young harshly, as if they were not hers; she cares not that her labor was in vain,
17For God has deprived her of wisdom; he has not endowed her with understanding.17for God did not endow her with wisdom or give her a share of good sense.
18When she proudly spreads her wings, she laughs at the horse and its rider.18Yet when she spreads her feathers to run, she laughs at horse and rider.
19Do you give strength to the horse? Do you adorn his neck with a mane?19"Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane?
20Do you make him leap like a locust? His proud snorting fills one with terror.20Do you make it leap like a locust, striking terror with its proud snorting?
21He paws in the valley and rejoices in his strength; he charges into battle.21It paws fiercely, rejoicing in its strength, and charges into the fray.
22He laughs at fear, since he is afraid of nothing; he does not run from the sword.22It laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; it does not shy away from the sword.
23A quiver rattles at his side, along with a flashing spear and a javelin.23The quiver rattles against its side, along with the flashing spear and lance.
24He charges ahead with trembling rage; he cannot stand still at the trumpet's sound.24In frenzied excitement it eats up the ground; it cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.
25When the trumpet blasts, he snorts defiantly. He smells the battle from a distance; he hears the officers' shouts and the battle cry.25At the blast of the trumpet it snorts, 'Aha!' It catches the scent of battle from afar, the shout of commanders and the battle cry.
26Does the hawk take flight by your understanding and spread its wings to the south?26"Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom and spread its wings toward the south?
27Does the eagle soar at your command and make its nest on high?27Does the eagle soar at your command and build its nest on high?
28It lives on a cliff where it spends the night; its stronghold is on a rocky crag.28It dwells on a cliff and stays there at night; a rocky crag is its stronghold.
29From there it searches for prey; its eyes penetrate the distance.29From there it looks for food; its eyes detect it from afar.
30Its brood gulps down blood, and where the slain are, it is there.30Its young ones feast on blood, and where the slain are, there it is."
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