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