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Job 39 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:1 - “Do you know when the mountain goats give birth?
Do you observe the calving of the does?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:2 - Can you number the months that they fulfill,
and do you know the time when they give birth,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:3 - when they crouch, bring forth their offspring,
and are delivered of their young?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:4 - Their young ones become strong; they grow up in the open;
they go out and do not return to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:5 - “Who has let the wild donkey go free?
Who has loosed the bonds of the swift donkey,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:6 - to whom I have given the arid plain for his home
and the salt land for his dwelling place?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:7 - He scorns the tumult of the city;
he hears not the shouts of the driver.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:8 - He ranges the mountains as his pasture,
and he searches after every green thing.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:9 - “Is the wild ox willing to serve you?
Will he spend the night at your manger?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:10 - Can you bind him in the furrow with ropes,
or will he harrow the valleys after you?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:11 - Will you depend on him because his strength is great,
and will you leave to him your labor?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:12 - Do you have faith in him that he will return your grain
and gather it to your threshing floor?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:13 - “The wings of the ostrich wave proudly,
but are they the pinions and plumage of love?[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:14 - For she leaves her eggs to the earth
and lets them be warmed on the ground,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:15 - forgetting that a foot may crush them
and that the wild beast may trample them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:16 - She deals cruelly with her young, as if they were not hers;
though her labor be in vain, yet she has no fear,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:17 - because God has made her forget wisdom
and given her no share in understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:18 - When she rouses herself to flee,[fn]
she laughs at the horse and his rider.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:19 - “Do you give the horse his might?
Do you clothe his neck with a mane?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:20 - Do you make him leap like the locust?
His majestic snorting is terrifying.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:21 - He paws[fn] in the valley and exults in his strength;
he goes out to meet the weapons.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:22 - He laughs at fear and is not dismayed;
he does not turn back from the sword.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:23 - Upon him rattle the quiver,
the flashing spear, and the javelin.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:24 - With fierceness and rage he swallows the ground;
he cannot stand still at the sound of the trumpet.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:25 - When the trumpet sounds, he says ‘Aha!’
He smells the battle from afar,
the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:26 - “Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars
and spreads his wings toward the south?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:27 - Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up
and makes his nest on high?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:28 - On the rock he dwells and makes his home,
on the rocky crag and stronghold.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:29 - From there he spies out the prey;
his eyes behold it from far away.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:30 - His young ones suck up blood,
and where the slain are, there is he.”
ESV Footnotes
The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
Hebrew They paw

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