God Speaks of Nature and Its Beings
1 "Do you know the time the mountain R1078 F449 goats give birth?
Do you observe the calving of the deer? R1079
2 "Can you count the months they fulfill,
Or do you know the time they give birth?
3 "They kneel down, they bring forth their young,
They get rid of their labor pains.
4 "Their offspring become strong, they grow up in the open field;
They leave and do not return to them.
5 "Who sent out the wild R1080 donkey free?
And who loosed the bonds of the swift donkey,
6 To whom I gave the R1081 wilderness for a home
And the salt land for his dwelling place?
7 "He scorns the tumult of the city,
The shoutings of the driver he does not hear.
8 "He explores the mountains for his pasture
And searches after every green thing.
9 "Will the wild R1082 ox consent to serve you,
Or will he spend the night at your manger?
10 "Can you bind the wild ox in a furrow with ropes, F450
Or will he harrow the valleys after you?
11 "Will you trust him because his strength is great
And leave your labor to him?
12 "Will you have faith in him that he will return your grain F451
And gather it from your threshing floor?
13 "The ostriches' wings flap joyously
With the pinion and plumage of love, F452
14 For she abandons her eggs to the earth
And warms them in the dust,
15 And she forgets that a foot may crush them, F453
Or that a wild beast may trample them. F453
16 "She treats her young cruelly, R1083 as if they were not hers;
Though her labor be in vain, she is unconcerned; F454
17 Because God has made her forget wisdom,
And has not given her a share of understanding.
18 "When she lifts herself on F455 high,
She laughs at the horse and his rider.
19 "Do you give the horse his might?
Do you clothe his neck with a mane?
20 "Do you make him leap R1084 like the locust?
His majestic snorting R1085 is terrible.
21 "He F456 paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength;
He goes R1086 out to meet the weapons.
22 "He laughs at fear and is not dismayed;
And he does not turn back from the sword.
23 "The quiver rattles against him,
The flashing spear and javelin.
24 "With shaking and rage he races F457 over the ground,
And he does not stand still at the voice of the 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.
26 "Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars,
Stretching his wings toward the south?
27 "Is it at your command F458 that the eagle mounts up
And makes his R1087 nest on high?
28 "On the cliff he dwells and lodges,
Upon the rocky crag, an inaccessible place.
29 "From there he spies R1088 out food;
His eyes see it from afar.
30 "His young ones also suck up blood;
And where R1089 the slain are, there is he."
F449: Lit goats of the rock
F450: Lit his rope
F451: Lit seed
F452: Or a stork
F453: Lit it
F453: Lit it
F454: Lit without fear
F455: Or to flee
F456: Lit They paw
F457: Or swallows up
F458: Lit mouth
R1078: Deuteronomy 14:5; 1 Samuel 24:2; Psalms 104:18
R1079: Psalms 29:9
R1080: Job 1:6:5; 11:12; 24:5; Psalms 104:11
R1081: Job 1:24:5; Jeremiah 2:24; Hosea 8:9
R1082: Numbers 23:22; Deuteronomy 33:17; Psalms 22:21; 29:6; 92:10; Isaiah 34:7
R1083: Lamentations 4:3
R1084: Joel 2:5
R1085: Jeremiah 8:16
R1086: Jeremiah 8:6
R1087: Jeremiah 49:16; Obadiah 1:1:4
R1088: Job 1:9:26
R1089: Matthew 24:28; Luke 17:37