- Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth?
[Or] canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?
- Canst thou number the months that they fulfil?
Or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?
- They bow themselves, they bring forth their young, They cast out their pains.
- Their young ones become strong, they grow up in the open field;
They go forth, and return not again.
- Who hath sent out the wild ass free?
Or who hath loosed the bonds of the swift ass,
- Whose home I have made the wilderness, And the salt land his dwelling-place?
- He scorneth the tumult of the city, Neither heareth he the shoutings of the driver.
- The range of the mountains is his pasture, And he searcheth after every green thing.
- Will the wild-ox be content to serve thee?
Or will he abide by thy crib?
- Canst thou bind the wild-ox with his band in the furrow?
Or will he harrow the valleys after thee?
- Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great?
Or wilt thou leave to him thy labor?
- Wilt thou confide in him, that he will bring home thy seed, And gather [the grain] of thy threshing-floor?
- The wings of the ostrich wave proudly;
[But] are they the pinions and plumage of love?
- For she leaveth her eggs on the earth, And warmeth them in the dust,
- And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, Or that the wild beast may trample them.
- She dealeth hardly with her young ones, as if they were not hers: Though her labor be in vain, [she is] without fear;
- Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, Neither hath he imparted to her understanding.
- What time she lifteth up herself on high, She scorneth the horse and his rider.
- Hast thou given the horse [his] might?
Hast thou clothed his neck with the quivering mane?
- Hast thou made him to leap as a locust?
The glory of his snorting is terrible.
- He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: He goeth out to meet the armed men.
- He mocketh at fear, and is not dismayed;
Neither turneth he back from the sword.
- The quiver rattleth against him, The flashing spear and the javelin.
- He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage;
Neither believeth he that it is the voice of the trumpet.
- As oft as the trumpet [soundeth] he saith, Aha!
And he smelleth the battle afar off, The thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
- Is it by thy wisdom that the hawk soareth, (And) stretcheth her wings toward the south?
- Is it at thy command that the eagle mounteth up, And maketh her nest on high?
- On the cliff she dwelleth, and maketh her home, Upon the point of the cliff, and the stronghold.
- From thence she spieth out the prey;
Her eyes behold it afar off.
- Her young ones also suck up blood: And where the slain are, there is she.