1Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?2Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?3They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones, they cast out their sorrows.4Their young ones are in good liking, they grow up with corn; they go forth, and return not unto them.5Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?6Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings.7He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver.8The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.9Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?10Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?11Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him?12Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy barn?13Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?14Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,15And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.16She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers: her labour is in vain without fear;17Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.18What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider.19Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?20Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible.21He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men.22He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword.23The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield.24He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet.25He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.26Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south?27Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?28She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place.29From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.30Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are , there is she.
English Standard Version
1“Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you observe the calving of the does? (1Sa 24:2; Ps 29:9; Ps 104:18)2Can you number the months that they fulfill, and do you know the time when they give birth,3when they crouch, bring forth their offspring, and are delivered of their young? (1Sa 4:19)4Their young ones become strong; they grow up in the open; they go out and do not return to them. (Ge 8:12)5“Who has let the wild donkey go free? Who has loosed the bonds of the swift donkey, (Job 12:18; Ps 116:16)6to whom I have given the arid plain for his home and the salt land for his dwelling place? (De 29:23; Job 24:5; Ps 107:34; Jer 2:24; Jer 17:6)7He scorns the tumult of the city; he hears not the shouts of the driver.8He ranges the mountains as his pasture, and he searches after every green thing.9“Is the wild ox willing to serve you? Will he spend the night at your manger? (Nu 23:22; Pr 14:4; Isa 1:3)10Can you bind him in the furrow with ropes, or will he harrow the valleys after you? (Job 39:9)11Will you depend on him because his strength is great, and will you leave to him your labor?12Do you have faith in him that he will return your grain and gather it to your threshing floor?13“The wings of the ostrich wave proudly, but are they the pinions and plumage of love?14For she leaves her eggs to the earth and lets them be warmed on the ground,15forgetting that a foot may crush them and that the wild beast may trample them.16She deals cruelly with her young, as if they were not hers; though her labor be in vain, yet she has no fear, (Isa 49:4; Isa 65:23; La 4:3)17because God has made her forget wisdom and given her no share in understanding. (Job 35:11)18When she rouses herself to flee, she laughs at the horse and his rider.19“Do you give the horse his might? Do you clothe his neck with a mane?20Do you make him leap like the locust? His majestic snorting is terrifying. (Jer 8:16)21He paws in the valley and exults in his strength; he goes out to meet the weapons. (Jer 8:6)22He laughs at fear and is not dismayed; he does not turn back from the sword.23Upon him rattle the quiver, the flashing spear, and the javelin.24With fierceness and rage he swallows the ground; he cannot stand still at the sound of the trumpet. (Jer 4:19; Am 3:6)25When the trumpet sounds, he says ‘Aha!’ He smells the battle from afar, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.26“Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars and spreads his wings toward the south?27Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up and makes his nest on high? (Nu 24:21; Jer 49:16; Ob 1:4; Hab 2:9)28On the rock he dwells and makes his home, on the rocky crag and stronghold. (1Sa 14:5)29From there he spies out the prey; his eyes behold it from far away.30His young ones suck up blood, and where the slain are, there is he.” (Mt 24:28; Lu 17:37)