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Job 39

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Of the wild goats and hinds.

39:1 “Do you know the time when the mountain goats give birth?
Do you watch when the doe bears fawns?

39:2 Can you number the months that they fulfill?
Or do you know the time when they give birth?

39:3 They bow themselves, they bring forth their young,
they end their labor pains.

39:4 Their young ones become strong.
They grow up in the open field.
They go forth, and don’t return again.

Of the wild ass.

39:5 “Who has set the wild donkey free?
Or who has loosened the bonds of the swift donkey,

39:6 Whose home I have made the wilderness,
and the salt land his dwelling place?

39:7 He scorns the tumult of the city,
neither does he hear the shouting of the driver.

39:8 The range of the mountains is his pasture,
He searches after every green thing.

The unicorn.

39:9 “Will the wild ox be content to serve you?
Or will he stay by your feeding trough?

39:10 Can you hold the wild ox in the furrow with his harness?
Or will he till the valleys after you?

39:11 Will you trust him, because his strength is great?
Or will you leave to him your labor?

39:12 Will you confide in him, that he will bring home your seed,
and gather the grain of your threshing floor?

The peacock, stork, and ostrich.

39:13 “The wings of the ostrich wave proudly;
but are they the feathers and plumage of love?

39:14 For she leaves her eggs on the earth,
warms them in the dust,

39:15 and forgets that the foot may crush them,
or that the wild animal may trample them.

39:16 She deals harshly with her young ones, as if they were not hers.
Though her labor is in vain, she is without fear,

39:17 because God has deprived her of wisdom,
neither has he imparted to her understanding.

39:18 When she lifts up herself on high,
she scorns the horse and his rider.

The horse.

39:19 “Have you given the horse might?
Have you clothed his neck with a quivering mane?

39:20 Have you made him to leap as a locust?
The glory of his snorting is awesome.

39:21 He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength.
He goes out to meet the armed men.

39:22 He mocks at fear, and is not dismayed,
neither does he turn back from the sword.

39:23 The quiver rattles against him,
the flashing spear and the javelin.

39:24 He eats up the ground with fierceness and rage,
neither does he stand still at the sound of the trumpet.

39:25 As often as the trumpet sounds he snorts, ‘Aha!’
He smells the battle afar off,
the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.

The hawk.

39:26 “Is it by your wisdom that the hawk soars,
and stretches her wings toward the south?

The eagle.

39:27 Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up,
and makes his nest on high?

39:28 On the cliff he dwells, and makes his home,
on the point of the cliff, and the stronghold.

39:29 From there he spies out the prey.
His eyes see it afar off.

39:30 His young ones also suck up blood.
Where the slain are, there he is.” *

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