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Job 39

   

God Speaks of Nature and Its Beings

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Job 39:1   "Do you know the time the mountain goats give birth? Do you observe the calving of the deer?
   
Job 39:2   "Can you count the months they fulfill, Or do you know the time they give birth?
   
Job 39:3   "They kneel down, they bring forth their young, They get rid of their labor pains.
   
Job 39:4   "Their offspring become strong, they grow up in the open field; They leave and do not return to them.
   
Job 39:5   "Who sent out the wild donkey free? And who loosed the bonds of the swift donkey,
   
Job 39:6   To whom I gave the wilderness for a home And the salt land for his dwelling place?
   
Job 39:7   "He scorns the tumult of the city, The shoutings of the driver he does not hear.
   
Job 39:8   "He explores the mountains for his pasture And searches after every green thing.
   
Job 39:9   "Will the wild ox consent to serve you, Or will he spend the night at your manger?
   
Job 39:10   "Can you bind the wild ox in a furrow with ropes, Or will he harrow the valleys after you?
   
Job 39:11   "Will you trust him because his strength is great And leave your labor to him?
   
Job 39:12   "Will you have faith in him that he will return your grain And gather it from your threshing floor?
   
Job 39:13   "The ostriches' wings flap joyously With the pinion and plumage of love,
   
Job 39:14   For she abandons her eggs to the earth And warms them in the dust,
   
Job 39:15   And she forgets that a foot may crush them, Or that a wild beast may trample them.
   
Job 39:16   "She treats her young cruelly, as if they were not hers; Though her labor be in vain, she is unconcerned;
   
Job 39:17   Because God has made her forget wisdom, And has not given her a share of understanding.
   
Job 39:18   "When she lifts herself on high, She laughs at the horse and his rider.
   
Job 39:19   "Do you give the horse his might? Do you clothe his neck with a mane?
   
Job 39:20   "Do you make him leap like the locust? His majestic snorting is terrible.
   
Job 39:21   "He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength; He goes out to meet the weapons.
   
Job 39:22   "He laughs at fear and is not dismayed; And he does not turn back from the sword.
   
Job 39:23   "The quiver rattles against him, The flashing spear and javelin.
   
Job 39:24   "With shaking and rage he races over the ground, And he does not stand still at the voice of the trumpet.
   
Job 39:25   "As often as the trumpet sounds he says, 'Aha!' And he scents the battle from afar, And the thunder of the captains and the war cry.
   
Job 39:26   "Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars, Stretching his wings toward the south?
   
Job 39:27   "Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up And makes his nest on high?
   
Job 39:28   "On the cliff he dwells and lodges, Upon the rocky crag, an inaccessible place.
   
Job 39:29   "From there he spies out food; His eyes see it from afar.
   
Job 39:30   "His young ones also suck up blood; And where the slain are, there is he."
     
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