Job 39

God proceedeth to shew his own power, and man's weakness and ignorance, by instances from the animal creation: 1of the wild goats and hinds; &c.

1KNOWEST thou the time when the awild goats of the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark when the bhinds do calve?

a 1Sa. 24.2. Ps. 104.18. b Ps. 29.9.

2Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?

3They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones, they cast out their sorrows.

4Their young ones are in *good liking, they grow up with corn; they go forth, and return not unto them.

*good liking-good condition.

5Who hath sent cout the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?

c Je. 2.24. Ge. 49.14; 16.12. Ho. 8.9.

6dWhose house I have made ethe wilderness, and the 1barren land his dwellings.

1Heb. salt places.

d ch. 24.5. Je. 2.24. e Ho. 8.9.

7He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying 2of the driver.

2Heb. of the exactor, ch. 3.18.

8The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.

9Will fthe *unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?

*unicorn-wild bull.

f Nu. 23.22.

10Canst thou bind the *unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he *harrow the valleys after thee?

*unicorn-wild bull.


11Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him?

12Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy barn?

13Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or 3wings and feathers unto the ostrich?

3Or, the feathers of the stork and ostrich, Ps. 104.17.

14Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,

15And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.

16She is ghardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers: her labour is in vain without fear;

g La. 4.3.

17Because God hath hdeprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.

h ch. 35.11. Pr. 7.23; 27.8; 1.17.

18What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider.

19Hast thou given the horse istrength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?

i Ex. 15.1-4. Je. 8.6. Zec. 10.3.

20Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is 4terrible.

4Heb. terror.

215He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet 6the armed men.

5Or, His feet dig, Ju. 5.22. Je. 8.6. 1Sa. 17.2.

6Heb. the armour.

22He mocketh at fear, and is not *affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword.


23The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield.

24He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet.

25He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.

26Doth the jhawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south?

j Le. 11.16. De. 14.15.

27Doth the keagle mount up 7at thy command, and make her lnest on high?

7Heb. by thy mouth.

k Ex. 19.4. Ps. 103.5. Le. 11.13. De. 14.12. Is. 40.31. l Je. 49.16. Ob. 4.

28She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the 8crag of the rock, and the strong place.

8Heb. tooth, 1Sa. 14.4.

29From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.

30Her young ones also suck up blood: and mwhere the slain are , there is she.

m Mat. 24.28. Lu. 17.37.