Job 39



The Lord Continues: The Mountain Goats

1 "Do you know the time the mountain goats give birth? Do you observe the calving of the deer?

1 Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?

1 "Do you know when the mountain goat gives birth? Do you watch the doe as it calves its young?

1 Do you know the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth [their young]? [Or] do you observe when the hinds are giving birth? [Do you attend to all this, Job?]

2 "Can you count the months they fulfill, Or do you know the time they give birth?

2 Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?

2 Can you count the months of their gestation? Do you know the time when they give birth,

2 Can you number the months that they carry their offspring? Or do you know the time when they are delivered,

3 "They kneel down, they bring forth their young, They get rid of their labor pains.

3 They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones, they cast out their sorrows.

3 when they crouch down to give birth to their offspring, and let go of their birth pangs?

3 When they bow themselves, bring forth their young ones, [and] cast out their pains?

4 "Their offspring become strong, they grow up in the open field; They leave and do not return to them.

4 Their young ones are in good liking, they grow up with corn; they go forth, and return not unto them.

4 Their young are strong; they grow up in the open field; then they go off and don't return to them."

4 Their young ones become strong, they grow up in the open field; they go forth and return not to them.

The Wild Donkey

5 "Who sent out the wild donkey free? And who loosed the bonds of the swift donkey,

5 Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?

5 "Who sets the wild donkey free? Who loosens the bonds of the wild donkey

5 Who has sent out the wild donkey, giving him his freedom? Or who has loosed the bands of the swift donkey [by which his tame brother is bound -- "he, the shy, the swift-footed, and the untamable],

6 To whom I gave the wilderness for a home And the salt land for his dwelling place?

6 Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings.

6 to whom I've given the Arabah for a home; the salt plain for his dwelling place?

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

7 "He scorns the tumult of the city, The shoutings of the driver he does not hear.

7 He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver.

7 He despises city noises; he ignores the shouts of the driver.

7 He scorns the tumult of the city and hears not the shoutings of the taskmaster.

8 "He explores the mountains for his pasture And searches after every green thing.

8 The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.

8 He ranges the mountains that are his pasture to search for anything green.

8 The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searches after every green thing.

The Wild Ox

9 "Will the wild ox consent to serve you, Or will he spend the night at your manger?

9 Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?

9 Is the wild ox willing to serve you? Will he sleep at night near your feeding trough?

9 Will the wild ox be willing to serve you, or remain beside your manger?

10 "Can you bind the wild ox in a furrow with ropes, Or will he harrow the valleys after you?

10 Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?

10 Can you bind the ox to plow a furrow with a rope? Will he harrow after you in the valley?

10 Can you bind the wild ox with a harness to the plow in the furrow? Or will he harrow the furrows for you?

11 "Will you trust him because his strength is great And leave your labor to him?

11 Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him?

11 Will you trust him because of his great strength and entrust your labor to him?

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

12 "Will you have faith in him that he will return your grain And gather it from your threshing floor?

12 Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy barn?

12 Will you trust him that he'll bring in your grain, and gather it to your threshing floor?"

12 Will you depend upon him to bring home your seed and gather the grain of your threshing floor? [Who, Job, was the author of this strange variance in the disposition of animals so alike in appearance? Was it you?]

The Ostrich

13 "The ostriches' wings flap joyously With the pinion and plumage of love,

13 Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?

13 "The wings of the ostrich flap joyously, but aren't its pinions and feathers like the stork?

13 The wings of the ostrich wave proudly, [but] are they the pinions and plumage of love?

14 For she abandons her eggs to the earth And warms them in the dust,

14 Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,

14 She abandons her eggs on the ground and lets them be warmed in the sand,

14 The ostrich leaves her eggs on the ground and warms them in the dust,

15 And she forgets that a foot may crush them, Or that a wild beast may trample them.

15 And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.

15 but she forgets that a foot might crush them or any wild animal might trample them.

15 Forgetting that a foot may crush them or that the wild beast may trample them.

16 "She treats her young cruelly, as if they were not hers; Though her labor be in vain, she is unconcerned;

16 She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers: her labour is in vain without fear;

16 She mistreats her young as though they're not hers, and she has no fear that her labor may be in vain,

16 She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers; her labor is in vain because she has no sense of danger [for her unborn brood],

17 Because God has made her forget wisdom, And has not given her a share of understanding.

17 Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.

17 because God didn't grant her wisdom and never gave her understanding.

17 For God has deprived her of wisdom, neither has He imparted to her understanding.

18 "When she lifts herself on high, She laughs at the horse and his rider.

18 What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider.

18 And yet when she gets ready to run, she laughs at the horse and its rider."

18 Yet when she lifts herself up in flight, [so swift is she that] she can laugh to scorn the horse and his rider.

The Horse

19 "Do you give the horse his might? Do you clothe his neck with a mane?

19 Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?

19 Do you instill the horse with strength? Do you clothe its neck with a mane?

19 Have you given the horse his might? Have you clothed his neck with quivering and a shaking mane?

20 "Do you make him leap like the locust? His majestic snorting is terrible.

20 Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible.

20 Can you make him leap like the locust, and make the splendor of his snorting terrifying?

20 Was it you [Job] who made him to leap like a locust? The majesty of his [snorting] nostrils is terrible.

21 "He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength; He goes out to meet the weapons.

21 He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men.

21 He paws the ground in the valley and rejoices in his strength; he goes out to face weapons.

21 He paws in the valley and exults in his strength; he goes out to meet the weapons [of armed men].

22 "He laughs at fear and is not dismayed; And he does not turn back from the sword.

22 He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword.

22 He scoffs at fear and is never scared; he never retreats from a sword.

22 He mocks at fear and is not dismayed or terrified; neither does he turn back [in battle] from the sword.

23 "The quiver rattles against him, The flashing spear and javelin.

23 The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield.

23 A quiver of arrows rattles against his side, along with a flashing spear and a lance.

23 The quiver rattles upon him, as do the glittering spear and the lance [of his rider].

24 "With shaking and rage he races over the ground, And he does not stand still at the voice of the trumpet.

24 He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet.

24 Leaping in his excitement, he takes in the ground; he cannot stand still when the trumpets sound!

24 [He seems in running to] devour the ground with fierceness and rage; neither can he stand still at the sound of the [war] trumpet.

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.

25 He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.

25 When the trumpet blasts he'll neigh, "Aha! Aha!' From a distance he can sense war, the war cry of generals, and their shouting."

25 As often as the trumpet sounds he says, Ha, ha! And he smells the battle from afar, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.

The Birds Of Prey

26 "Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars, Stretching his wings toward the south?

26 Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south?

26 "Is it by your understanding that the hawk flies, spreading its wings toward the south?

26 Is it by your wisdom [Job] that the hawk soars and stretches her wings toward the south [as winter approaches]?

27 "Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up And makes his nest on high?

27 Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?

27 Does the eagle soar high at your command and build its nest on the highest crags?

27 Does the eagle mount up at your command and make his nest on high [inaccessible place]?

28 "On the cliff he dwells and lodges, Upon the rocky crag, an inaccessible place.

28 She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place.

28 He dwells on the crags where he makes his home, there on the rocky crag is his stronghold.

28 On the cliff he dwells and remains securely, upon the point of the rock and the stronghold.

29 "From there he spies out food; His eyes see it from afar.

29 From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.

29 From there he searches for prey, and his eyes recognize it from a distance.

29 From there he spies out the prey; and his eyes see it afar off.

30 "His young ones also suck up blood; And where the slain are, there is he."

30 Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is she.

30 His young ones feast on blood; he'll be found wherever there's a carcass."

30 His young ones suck up blood, and where the slain are, there is he.



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