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Ward Green Version, 2004 American Standard Version, 1901
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Job 39
1-4``Do you appoint the season for the giving birth of the wild goats of the cliffs, whose writhing is a protection for a doe? 2Do you count the moons fullfilled by them, and appoint the time for their delivery? 3They bow down with their young, they sever the ties to them, the company of them they send away. 4The young ones recover, are nourished like the grain, and they do not come back.

5-8``Who leaves a wild pere (`pere' = `wild ass') free to run wild, or the bonds of the lonesome `arod (``arod' = `wild ass') who begins to loosen? 6This one takes a desert for its court, and for a habitation a wilderness of salt. 7He makes sport to the noise of a city, and the shouting of a taskmaster he does not understand. 8The lowest of the hilly country is his feeding place, and he seeks for the remnant of all things green.

9-12``Is the wild bull willing to serve you and does he complain all night in your manger? 10Can you hold a wild bull in a furrow with the yoke, or will he plough in the valleys after you? 11Will you trust him because of his great might and let him loose near your work? 12Will you believe in him because he takes your seed home again and harvests your threshing floor?

13-18``The wing of the great ostrich exults at seeing the wings and plumage of a stork! 14Assuredly she leaves her egg to the land, and in the dust it is warmed. 15She forgets that a wild beast itself tramples on the earth and that even a foot may crush it. 16She hardens her sons for when they are not to be with her. To emptiness she works without terror, 17for she forgets the excellence of wisdom, and does not receive understanding. 18In time she rises up in dignity to mock horse and rider.

19-25``Do you give might to the horse, bind its neck about with a mane, 20making it jump like a grasshopper? In majesty its snorting is frightful! 21It explores the open country and is joyful in its vigour, eagerly going to meet battle. 22It plays to terror. It doesn't back down, nor does it turn when facing a sword. 23A quivering whizzes over its head, the bright flash of the spear and the lance. 24In bounding and rage it swallows up the earth and it doesn't turn to the right because of the sound of a trumpet. 25In the day of the trumpet it says `Aha!', and from far off it smells battle, the thunder of princes, and the battle cry!

26-30``By your knowledge, does a falcon fly or a flower blossom, does it open its edge to the south? 27Or by your word is the eagle raised up proud, even making its nest high up [on a cliff]? 28A stronghold she abides, and she stays on the craggy cliff all night long, her net. 29From there hunting for food, her eyes can see to a great distance. 30Her young suck up blood, so wherever the dead ones are, there she is!''
© 2009 Ward Green. All rights reserved.
Modified January 24, 2009 by Ward Green

Job 39 1
Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? [Or] canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?
Job 39 2
Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? Or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?
Job 39 3
They bow themselves, they bring forth their young, They cast out their pains.
Job 39 4
Their young ones become strong, they grow up in the open field; They go forth, and return not again.
Job 39 5
Who hath sent out the wild ass free? Or who hath loosed the bonds of the swift ass,
Job 39 6
Whose home I have made the wilderness, And the salt land his dwelling-place?
Job 39 7
He scorneth the tumult of the city, Neither heareth he the shoutings of the driver.
Job 39 8
The range of the mountains is his pasture, And he searcheth after every green thing.
Job 39 9
Will the wild-ox be content to serve thee? Or will he abide by thy crib?
Job 39 10
Canst thou bind the wild-ox with his band in the furrow? Or will he harrow the valleys after thee?
Job 39 11
Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? Or wilt thou leave to him thy labor?
Job 39 12
Wilt thou confide in him, that he will bring home thy seed, And gather [the grain] of thy threshing-floor?
Job 39 13
The wings of the ostrich wave proudly; [But] are they the pinions and plumage of love?
Job 39 14
For she leaveth her eggs on the earth, And warmeth them in the dust,
Job 39 15
And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, Or that the wild beast may trample them.
Job 39 16
She dealeth hardly with her young ones, as if they were not hers: Though her labor be in vain, [she is] without fear;
Job 39 17
Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, Neither hath he imparted to her understanding.
Job 39 18
What time she lifteth up herself on high, She scorneth the horse and his rider.
Job 39 19
Hast thou given the horse [his] might? Hast thou clothed his neck with the quivering mane?
Job 39 20
Hast thou made him to leap as a locust? The glory of his snorting is terrible.
Job 39 21
He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: He goeth out to meet the armed men.
Job 39 22
He mocketh at fear, and is not dismayed; Neither turneth he back from the sword.
Job 39 23
The quiver rattleth against him, The flashing spear and the javelin.
Job 39 24
He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage; Neither believeth he that it is the voice of the trumpet.
Job 39 25
As oft as the trumpet [soundeth] he saith, Aha! And he smelleth the battle afar off, The thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
Job 39 26
Is it by thy wisdom that the hawk soareth, (And) stretcheth her wings toward the south?
Job 39 27
Is it at thy command that the eagle mounteth up, And maketh her nest on high?
Job 39 28
On the cliff she dwelleth, and maketh her home, Upon the point of the cliff, and the stronghold.
Job 39 29
From thence she spieth out the prey; Her eyes behold it afar off.
Job 39 30
Her young ones also suck up blood: And where the slain are, there is she.
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