· Old Testament 

The Book of Job

  Chapter 39  

39:1 Knowest thou the time when the wild goats bring forth among the rocks, or hast thou observed the hinds when they fawn?

39:2 Hast thou numbered the months of their conceiving, or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?

39:3 They bow themselves to bring forth young, and they cast them, and send forth roarings.

39:4 Their young are weaned and go to feed: they go forth, and return not to them.

39:5 Who hath sent out the wild ass free, and who hath loosed his bonds?

39:6 To whom I have given a house in the wilderness, and his dwellings in the barren land.

39:7 He scorneth the multitude of the city, he heareth not the cry of the driver.

39:8 He looketh round about the mountains of his pasture, and seeketh for every green thing,

39:9 Shall the rhinoceros be willing to serve thee, or will he stay at thy crib?

39:10 Canst thou bind the rhinoceros with thy thong to plough, or will he break the clods of the valleys after thee?

39:11 Wilt thou have confidence in his great strength, and leave thy labours to him?

39:12 Wilt thou trust him that he will render thee the seed, and gather it into thy barnfloor?

39:13 The wing of the ostrich is like the wings of the heron, and of the hawk.

39:14 When she leaveth her eggs on the earth, thou perhaps wilt warm them in the dust.

39:15 She forgetteth that the foot may tread upon them, or that the beasts of the field may break them.

39:16 She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers, she hath laboured in vain, no fear constraining her.

39:17 For God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he given her understanding.

39:18 When time shall be, she setteth up her wings on high: she scorneth the horse and his rider.

39:19 Wilt thou give strength to the horse or clothe his neck with neighing?

39:20 Wilt thou lift him up like the locusts? the glory of his nostrils is terror.

39:21 He breaketh up the earth with his hoof, he pranceth boldly, he goeth forward to meet armed men.

39:22 He despiseth fear, he turneth not his back to the sword.

39:23 Above him shall the quiver rattle, the spear and shield shall glitter.

39:24 Chasing and raging he swalloweth the ground, neither doth he make account when the noise of the trumpet soundeth.

39:25 When he heareth the trumpet he saith: Ha, ha: he smelleth the battle afar off, the encouraging of the captains, and the shouting of the army.

39:26 Doth the hawk wax feathered by thy wisdom, spreading her wings to the south?

39:27 Will the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest in high places?

39:28 She abideth among the rocks, and dwelleth among cragged flints, and stony hills, where there is no access.

39:29 From thence she looketh for the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.

39:30 Her young ones shall suck up blood: and wheresoever the carcass shall be, she is immediately there.

39:31 And the Lord went on, and said to Job:

39:32 Shall he that contendeth with God be so easily silenced? surely he that reproveth God, ought to answer him.

39:33 Then Job answered the Lord, and said:

39:34 What can I answer, who hath spoken inconsiderately? I will lay my hand upon my mouth.

39:35 One thing I have spoken, which I wish I had not said: and another, to which I will add no more.