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The book of Job, chapter 39, New English Translation and King James Version

Chapter 39

New English Translation


   1 "Are you acquainted with the way the mountain goats give birth? Do you watch as the wild deer give birth to their young?
   2 Do you count the months they must fulfill, and do you know the time they give birth?
   3 They crouch, they bear their young, they bring forth the offspring they have carried.
   4 Their young grow strong, and grow up in the open; they go off, and do not return to them.
   5 Who let the wild donkey go free? Who released the bonds of the donkey,
   6 to whom I appointed the steppe for its home, the salt wastes as its dwelling place?
   7 It scorns the tumult in the town; it does not hear the shouts of a driver.
   8 It ranges the hills as its pasture, and searches after every green plant.
   9 Is the wild ox willing to be your servant? Will it spend the night at your feeding trough?
   10 Can you bind the wild ox to a furrow with its rope, will it till the valleys, following after you?
   11 Will you rely on it because its strength is great? Will you commit your labor to it?
   12 Can you count on it to bring in your grain, and gather the grain to your threshing floor?
   13 "The wings of the ostrich flap with joy, but are they the pinions and plumage of a stork?
   14 For she leaves her eggs on the ground, and lets them be warmed on the soil.
   15 She forgets that a foot might crush them, or that a wild animal might trample them.
   16 She is harsh with her young, as if they were not hers; she is unconcerned about the uselessness of her labor.
   17 For God deprived her of wisdom, and did not impart understanding to her.
   18 But as soon as she springs up, she laughs at the horse and its rider.
   19 "Do you give the horse its strength? Do you clothe its neck with a mane?
   20 Do you make it leap like a locust? Its proud neighing is terrifying!
   21 It paws the ground in the valley, exulting mightily, it goes out to meet the weapons.
   22 It laughs at fear and is not dismayed; it does not shy away from the sword.
   23 On it the quiver rattles; the lance and javelin flash.
   24 In excitement and impatience it consumes the ground; it cannot stand still when the trumpet is blown.
   25 At the sound of the trumpet, it says, 'Aha!' And from a distance it catches the scent of battle, the thunderous shouting of commanders, and the battle cries.
   26 "Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars, and spreads its wings toward the south?
   27 Is it at your command that the eagle soars, and builds its nest on high?
   28 It lives on a rock and spends the night there, on a rocky crag and a fortress.
   29 From there it spots its prey, its eyes gaze intently from a distance.
   30 And its young ones devour the blood, and where the dead carcasses are, there it is."

King James Version


   1 Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?
   2 Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?
   3 They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones, they cast out their sorrows.
   4 Their young ones are in good liking, they grow up with corn; they go forth, and return not unto them.
   5 Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?
   6 Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings.
   7 He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver.
   8 The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.
   9 Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?
   10 Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?
   11 Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him?
   12 Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy barn?
   13 Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?
   14 Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,
   15 And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.
   16 She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers: her labour is in vain without fear;
   17 Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.
   18 What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider.
   19 Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?
   20 Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible.
   21 He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men.
   22 He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword.
   23 The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield.
   24 He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet.
   25 He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
   26 Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south?
   27 Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?
   28 She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place.
   29 From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.
   30 Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is she.
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