- 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 fruit.
- Their young ones wax 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 bands of the wild ass?
- Whose house 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 willing 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 thy labour to him?
- Wilt thou rely on him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather the corn of thy threshing-floor?
- The wing of the ostrich beateth joyously;
but are her pinions and feathers the kindly stork"s?
- For she leaveth her eggs on the earth, and warmeth them in dust,
- And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may trample them.
- She is hardened against her young ones, as if they were not hers;
though her labour be in vain, she is without fear;
- Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath He imparted to her understanding.
- When the time cometh, she raiseth her wings on high, and scorneth the horse and his rider.
- Hast thou given the horse his strength?
Hast thou clothed his neck with fierceness?
- 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 clash of arms.
- He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted;
neither turneth he back from the sword.
- The quiver rattleth upon him, the glittering spear and the javelin.
- He swalloweth the ground with storm and rage;
neither believeth he that it is the voice of the horn.
- As oft as he heareth the horn he saith: "Ha, ha!" and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
- Doth the hawk soar by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south?
- Doth the vulture mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?
- She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, 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.