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¶ DO you know the time when wild goats bring forth in the steep rocks?
Or can you watch the calving of hinds?
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Can you number the months that they fulfill, and know the time when they bring forth?
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And do you know when they kneel and bring forth their young ones?
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They bring up their young ones, until they grow up and are weaned.
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Who has left the wild ass to be free, and made him to escape the yoke?
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For he has made the plain his house, and the salt land his dwelling place.
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He scorns the multitude of cities, and is not afraid of the voice of rulers.
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The tops of mountains are his pasture, and he treads over every green thing.
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Will the unicorn be willing to serve you, or will he spend the night at your crib?
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Can you bind the yoke on the neck of the unicorn?
Or will he harrow in a rugged place?
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Will you have confidence in him, because his strength is great?
Or will you leave your labor to him?
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Do you trust him, that he will winnow your threshing and gather your grain into the barn?
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¶ The ostrich rouses herself up haughtily;
then she comes and makes her nest;
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But she leaves her eggs in the earth to be warmed on the ground.
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And because she has the feet of a bird, forgets that the wild beast may trample them.
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She multiplies her young ones, though they do not stay with her;
although her labor is in vain, she has no fear:
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God has increased wisdom, but he has not given her a portion of it.
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She raises herself high like a palm tree;
she laughs at the horse and his rider.
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Have you given the horse strength?
Have you clothed his neck with armour?
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Can you make him move like the locust?
Or can you make him afraid?
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He paws in the plain, and rejoices in the valley;
he goes forth armed to the battle.
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He laughs at a pit, and is not frightened;
neither does he turn back from the sword.
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The quiver rattles against him, the glittering spear and the lance.
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He gallops with rage that makes the ground to tremble, nor does he fear the sound of the trumpet.
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He makes the sound, Aha, aha;
and he smells the battle from afar;
he terrifies the officers with his neighing.
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¶ Is it by your wisdom that the hawk was created and wings his way toward the south?
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Does the eagle soar at your command, and make his nest in steep rocks?
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He dwells and lodges on the rock, upon the cliff of the precipice.
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He is sustained by his prey, his eyes behold afar off.
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His young ones suck up blood;
and where the slain are, there is he.