NASB — Job 39 — KJV

God Speaks of Nature and Its Beings

  1 “Do you know the time the Iamountain goats give birth?
  Do you observe the calving of the bdeer?
  2 “Can you count the months they fulfill,
  Or do you know the time they give birth?
  3 “They kneel down, they bring forth their young,
  They get rid of their labor pains.
  4 “Their offspring become strong, they grow up in the open field;
  They leave and do not return to them.

[1] ILit goats of the rock aDt 14:5; 1S 24:2; Ps 104:18 bPs 29:9

  5 ¶ “Who sent out the awild donkey free?
  And who loosed the bonds of the swift donkey,
  6 To whom I gave athe wilderness for a home
  And the salt land for his dwelling place?
  7 “He scorns the tumult of the city,
  The shoutings of the driver he does not hear.
  8 “He explores the mountains for his pasture
  And searches after every green thing.
  9 “Will the awild ox consent to serve you,
  Or will he spend the night at your manger?
  10 “Can you bind the wild ox in a furrow with Iropes,
  Or will he harrow the valleys after you?
  11 “Will you trust him because his strength is great
  And leave your labor to him?
  12 “Will you have faith in him that he will return your Igrain
  And gather [it from] your threshing floor?

[5] aJb 6:5; 11:12; 24:5; Ps 104:11
[6] aJb 24:5; Jr 2:24; Ho 8:9
[9] aNu 23:22; Dt 33:17; Ps 22:21; 29:6; 92:10; Is 34:7
[10] ILit his rope
[12] ILit seed

  13 ¶ “The ostriches’ wings flap joyously
  With the pinion and plumage of Ilove,
  14 For she abandons her eggs to the earth
  And warms them in the dust,
  15 And she forgets that a foot may crush Ithem,
  Or that a wild beast may trample Ithem.
  16 “She treats her young acruelly, as if [they] were not hers;
  Though her labor be in vain, [she] is Iunconcerned;
  17 Because God has made her forget wisdom,
  And has not given her a share of understanding.
  18 “When she lifts herself Ion high,
  She laughs at the horse and his rider.

[13] IOr a stork
[15] ILit it
[16] ILit without fear aLm 4:3
[18] IOr to flee

  19 ¶ “Do you give the horse [his] might?
  Do you clothe his neck with a mane?
  20 “Do you make him aleap like the locust?
  His majestic bsnorting is terrible.
  21IHe paws in the valley, and rejoices in [his] strength;
  He agoes out to meet the weapons.
  22 “He laughs at fear and is not dismayed;
  And he does not turn back from the sword.
  23 “The quiver rattles against him,
  The flashing spear and javelin.
  24 “With shaking and rage he Iraces over the ground,
  And he does not stand still at the voice of the trumpet.
  25 “As often as the trumpet [sounds] he says, ‘Aha!’
  And he scents the battle from afar,
  And the thunder of the captains and the war cry.

[20] aJol 2:5 bJr 8:16
[21] ILit They paw aJr 8:6
[24] IOr swallows up

  26 ¶ “Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars,
  Stretching his wings toward the south?
  27 “Is it at your Icommand that the eagle mounts up
  And makes ahis nest on high?
  28 “On the cliff he dwells and lodges,
  Upon the rocky crag, an inaccessible place.
  29 “From there he aspies out food;
  His eyes see [it] from afar.
  30 “His young ones also suck up blood;
  And awhere the slain are, there is he.”

[27] ILit mouth aJr 49:16; Ob 4
[29] aJb 9:26
[30] aMt 24:28; Lk 17:37


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Of the wild goats and hinds.

1 ¶ Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? [or] canst thou mark when the hinds do calve? 2 Canst thou number the months [that] they fulfil? or knowest thou the time when they bring forth? 3 They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones, they cast out their sorrows. 4 Their young ones are in good liking, they grow up with corn; they go forth, and return not unto them.

[1] 1S 24:2; Ps 29:9; 104:18; Jr 14:5.
[2] Jr 2:24.

Of the wild ass.

5 Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass? 6 Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings. 7 He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver. 8 The range of the mountains [is] his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.

[5] Gn 16:12; 49:14; Jb 6:5; 11:12; 24:5; Ps 104:11; Is 32:14; Jr 2:24; 14:6; Dn 5:21; Ho 8:9.
[6] Dt 29:23; Ps 107:34; Jr 17:6; Ezk 47:11.
[7] Ex 5:13, 18; Jb 3:18; 39:18; Is 31:4; 58:3.
[8] Gn 1:29; Jb 40:15, 20; Ps 104:27; 145:15.

The unicorn.

9 Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib? 10 Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee? 11 Wilt thou trust him, because his strength [is] great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him? 12 Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather [it into] thy barn?

[9] Nu 23:22; Dt 33:17; Ps 22:21; 92:10; Is 1:3.
[10] Jb 1:14; 39:5, 7; 41:5; Ps 129:3; Ho 10:10; Mi 1:13.
[11] Gn 1:26, 28; 9:2; 42:26; Ps 20:7; 33:16; 144:14; 147:10; Pv 14:4; Is 30:6, 16; 31:1; 46:1.
[12] Ne 13:15; Pv 3:16; Am 2:13; Hg 2:19; Mt 3:2; 13:30.

The peacock, stork, and ostrich.

13 [Gavest thou] the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich? 14 Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust, 15 And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them. 16 She is hardened against her young ones, as though [they were] not hers: her labour is in vain without fear; 17 Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding. 18 What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider.

[13] Lv 11:19; 1K 10:22; 2Ch 9:21; Jb 30:29; Ps 104:17; Jr 8:7; Zc 5:9.
[16] Dt 28:56; 1K 3:26; 2K 6:28; Ec 10:15; Lm 2:20; 4:3; Hab 2:13; Ro 1:31.
[17] Dt 2:30; 2Ch 32:31; Jb 17:4; 35:11; Is 19:11; 57:17; Jm 1:17.
[18] 2K 19:21; Jb 5:22; 39:7, 22; 41:29.

The horse.

19 Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder? 20 Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils [is] terrible. 21 He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in [his] strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men. 22 He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword. 23 The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield. 24 He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that [it is] the sound of the trumpet. 25 He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.

[19] Ex 15:1; Jb 39:25; Ps 93:1; 104:1; 147:10; Mk 3:17.
[20] Jb 41:20; Jr 8:16.
[21] Jg 5:22; 1S 17:4, 42; Ps 19:5; Pv 21:31; Jr 8:6; 9:23.
[22] Jb 39:16, 18; 41:33.
[23] Jb 41:26.
[24] Jb 9:16; 29:24; 37:20; Hab 1:8; Lk 24:41.
[25] Ps 70:3; Ezk 26:2; 36:2.

The hawk.

26 Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, [and] stretch her wings toward the south?

[26] Lv 16:11; Dt 14:15; So 2:12; Jr 8:7.

The eagle.

27 Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high? 28 She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place. 29 From thence she seeketh the prey, [and] her eyes behold afar off. 30 Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain [are], there [is] she.

[27] Ex 19:4; Lv 11:13; Ps 103:5; Pv 23:5; Is 40:31; Jr 49:16; Ho 8:1; Ob 1:4.
[28] 1S 14:4.
[29] Jb 9:26.
[30] Ezk 39:17; Mt 24:28; Lk 17:37.


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