Job 39

The Lord Answers Job

1 "Do you know the time when the wild a mountain goats bear young?
Or can you mark when b the deer gives birth?
2 Can you number the months that they fulfill?
Or do you know the time when they bear young?
3 They bow down,
They bring forth their young,
They deliver their 1 offspring.
4 Their young ones are healthy,
They grow strong with grain;
They depart and do not return to them.

5 "Who set the wild donkey free?
Who loosed the bonds of the 2 onager,
6 c Whose home I have made the wilderness,
And the 3 barren land his dwelling?
7 He scorns the tumult of the city;
He does not heed the shouts of the driver.
8 The range of the mountains is his pasture,
And he searches after d every green thing.

9 "Will the e wild ox be willing to serve you?
Will he bed by your manger?
10 Can you bind the wild ox in the furrow with ropes?
Or will he plow the valleys behind you?
11 Will you trust him because his strength is great?
Or will you leave your labor to him?
12 Will you trust him to bring home your 4 grain,
And gather it to your threshing floor?

13 "The wings of the ostrich wave proudly,
But are her wings and pinions like the kindly stork's?
14 For she leaves her eggs on the ground,
And warms them in the dust;
15 She forgets that a foot may crush them,
Or that a wild beast may break them.
16 She f treats her young harshly, as though they were not hers;
Her labor is in vain, without 5 concern,
17 Because God deprived her of wisdom,
And did not g endow her with understanding.
18 When she lifts herself on high,
She scorns the horse and its rider.

19 "Have you given the horse strength?
Have you clothed his neck with 6 thunder?
20 Can you 7 frighten him like a locust?
His majestic snorting strikes terror.
21 He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength;
h He gallops into the clash of arms.
22 He mocks at fear, and is not frightened;
Nor does he turn back from the sword.
23 The quiver rattles against him,
The glittering spear and javelin.
24 He devours the distance with fierceness and rage;
Nor does he come to a halt because the trumpet has sounded.
25 At the blast of the trumpet he says, 'Aha!'
He smells the battle from afar,
The thunder of captains and shouting.

26 "Does the hawk fly by your wisdom,
And spread its wings toward the south?
27 Does the i eagle mount up at your command,
And j make its nest on high?
28 On the rock it dwells and resides,
On the crag of the rock and the stronghold.
29 From there it spies out the prey;
Its eyes observe from afar.
30 Its young ones suck up blood;
And k where the slain are, there it is."

  1. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 14:5
    The deer, the gazelle, the roe deer, the wild goat, the mountain goat, the antelope, and the mountain sheep.
    1 Samuel 24:2
    Then Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel, and went to seek David and his men on the Rocks of the Wild Goats.
    Psalms 104:18
    The high hills are for the wild goats; The cliffs are a refuge for the rock badgers.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 29:9
    The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth, And strips the forests bare; And in His temple everyone says, "Glory!
  3. Cross References
    Job 24:5
    Indeed, like wild donkeys in the desert, They go out to their work, searching for food. The wilderness yields food for them and for their children.
    Jeremiah 2:24
    A wild donkey used to the wilderness, That sniffs at the wind in her desire; In her time of mating, who can turn her away? All those who seek her will not weary themselves; In her month they will find her.
    Hosea 8:9
    For they have gone up to Assyria, Like a wild donkey alone by itself; Ephraim has hired lovers.
  4. Cross References
    Genesis 1:29
    And God said, "See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.
  5. Cross References
    Numbers 23:22
    God brings them out of Egypt; He has strength l...
    Deuteronomy 33:17
    His glory is like a firstborn bull, And his hor...
    Psalms 22:21
    Save Me from the lion's mouth And from the horn...
    Psalms 29:6
    He makes them also skip like a calf, Lebanon an...
    Psalms 92:10
    But my horn You have exalted like a wild ox; I ...
    Isaiah 34:7
    The wild oxen shall come down with them, And th...
  6. Cross References
    Lamentations 4:3
    Even the jackals present their breasts To nurse their young; But the daughter of my people is cruel, Like ostriches in the wilderness.
  7. Cross References
    Job 35:11
    Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, And makes us wiser than the birds of heaven?
  8. Cross References
    Jeremiah 8:6
    I listened and heard, But they do not speak aright. No man repented of his wickedness, Saying, 'What have I done?' Everyone turned to his own course, As the horse rushes into the battle.
  9. Cross References
    Proverbs 30:18
    There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Yes, four which I do not understand:
    Proverbs 30:19
    The way of an eagle in the air, The way of a serpent on a rock, The way of a ship in the midst of the sea, And the way of a man with a virgin.
  10. Cross References
    Jeremiah 49:16
    Your fierceness has deceived you, The pride of your heart, O you who dwell in the clefts of the rock, Who hold the height of the hill! Though you make your nest as high as the eagle, I will bring you down from there," says the LORD.
  11. Cross References
    Matthew 24:28
    For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.
    Luke 17:37
    And they answered and said to Him, "Where, Lord?" So He said to them, "Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.
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