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Job 39 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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God Continues to Challenge Job
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:1 - “Do you know the time when the wild mountain goats bear young?
Or can you mark when the deer gives birth?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:2 - Can you number the months that they fulfill?
Or do you know the time when they bear young?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:3 - They bow down,
They bring forth their young,
They deliver their offspring.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:4 - Their young ones are healthy,
They grow strong with grain;
They depart and do not return to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:5 - “Who set the wild donkey free?
Who loosed the bonds of the onager,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:6 - Whose home I have made the wilderness,
And the barren land his dwelling?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:7 - He scorns the tumult of the city;
He does not heed the shouts of the driver.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:8 - The range of the mountains is his pasture,
And he searches after every green thing.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:9 - “Will the wild ox be willing to serve you?
Will he bed by your manger?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:10 - Can you bind the wild ox in the furrow with ropes?
Or will he plow the valleys behind you?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:11 - Will you trust him because his strength is great?
Or will you leave your labor to him?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:12 - Will you trust him to bring home your grain,
And gather it to your threshing floor?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:13 - “The wings of the ostrich wave proudly,
But are her wings and pinions like the kindly stork’s?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:14 - For she leaves her eggs on the ground,
And warms them in the dust;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:15 - She forgets that a foot may crush them,
Or that a wild beast may break them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:16 - She treats her young harshly, as though they were not hers;
Her labor is in vain, without concern,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:17 - Because God deprived her of wisdom,
And did not endow her with understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:18 - When she lifts herself on high,
She scorns the horse and its rider.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:19 - “Have you given the horse strength?
Have you clothed his neck with thunder?[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:20 - Can you frighten him like a locust?
His majestic snorting strikes terror.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:21 - He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength;
He gallops into the clash of arms.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:22 - He mocks at fear, and is not frightened;
Nor does he turn back from the sword.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:23 - The quiver rattles against him,
The glittering spear and javelin.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:24 - He devours the distance with fierceness and rage;
Nor does he come to a halt because the trumpet has sounded.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:25 - At the blast of the trumpet he says, ‘Aha!’
He smells the battle from afar,
The thunder of captains and shouting.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:26 - “Does the hawk fly by your wisdom,
And spread its wings toward the south?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:27 - Does the eagle mount up at your command,
And make its nest on high?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:28 - On the rock it dwells and resides,
On the crag of the rock and the stronghold.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:29 - From there it spies out the prey;
Its eyes observe from afar.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:30 - Its young ones suck up blood;
And where the slain are, there it is.
NKJV Footnotes
Literally pangs, figurative of offspring
Or a mane

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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