Job 39-40

39“Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you observe the calving of the deer? 2Can you number the months that they fulfill, and do you know the time when they give birth, 3when they crouch to give birth to their offspring, and are delivered of their young? 4Their young ones become strong, they grow up in the open; they go forth, and do not return to them. 5“Who has let the wild ass go free? Who has loosed the bonds of the swift ass, 6to which I have given the steppe for its home, the salt land for its dwelling place? 7It scorns the tumult of the city; it does not hear the shouts of the driver. 8It ranges the mountains as its pasture, and it searches after every green thing. 9“Is the wild ox willing to serve you? Will it spend the night at your crib? 10Can you tie it in the furrow with ropes, or will it harrow the valleys after you? 11Will you depend on it because its strength is great, and will you hand over your labor to it? 12Do you have faith in it that it will return, and bring your grain to your threshing floor?

13“The ostrich’s wings flap wildly, though its pinions lack plumage. 14For it leaves its eggs to the earth, and lets them be warmed on the ground, 15forgetting that a foot may crush them, and that a wild animal may trample them. 16It deals cruelly with its young, as if they were not its own; though its labor should be in vain, yet it has no fear; 17because God has made it forget wisdom, and given it no share in understanding. 18When it spreads its plumes aloft, it laughs at the horse and its rider.

19“Do you give the horse its might? Do you clothe its neck with mane? 20Do you make it leap like the locust? Its majestic snorting is terrible. 21It paws violently, exults mightily; it goes out to meet the weapons. 22It laughs at fear, and is not dismayed; it does not turn back from the sword. 23Upon it rattle the quiver, the flashing spear, and the javelin. 24With fierceness and rage it swallows the ground; it cannot stand still at the sound of the trumpet. 25When the trumpet sounds, it says ‘Aha!’ From a distance it smells the battle, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.

26“Is it by your wisdom that the hawk soars, and spreads its wings toward the south? 27Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up and makes its nest on high? 28It lives on the rock and makes its home in the fastness of the rocky crag. 29From there it spies the prey; its eyes see it from far away. 30Its young ones suck up blood; and where the slain are, there it is.”

40And the Lord said to Job: 2“Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Anyone who argues with God must respond.” 3Then Job answered the Lord: 4“See, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth. 5I have spoken once, and I will not answer; twice, but will proceed no further.”

6Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: 7“Gird up your loins like a man; I will question you, and you declare to me. 8Will you even put me in the wrong? Will you condemn me that you may be justified? 9Have you an arm like God, and can you thunder with a voice like his? 10“Deck yourself with majesty and dignity; clothe yourself with glory and splendor. 11Pour out the overflowings of your anger, and look on all who are proud, and abase them. 12Look on all who are proud, and bring them low; tread down the wicked where they stand. 13Hide them all in the dust together; bind their faces in the world below. 14Then I will also acknowledge to you that your own right hand can give you victory.

15“Look at Behemoth, which I made just as I made you; it eats grass like an ox. 16Its strength is in its loins, and its power in the muscles of its belly. 17It makes its tail stiff like a cedar; the sinews of its thighs are knit together. 18Its bones are tubes of bronze, its limbs like bars of iron. 19“It is the first of the great acts of God— only its Maker can approach it with the sword. 20For the mountains yield food for it where all the wild animals play. 21Under the lotus plants it lies, in the covert of the reeds and in the marsh. 22The lotus trees cover it for shade; the willows of the wadi surround it. 23Even if the river is turbulent, it is not frightened; it is confident though Jordan rushes against its mouth. 24Can one take it with hooks or pierce its nose with a snare?

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