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Job 39 New Century Version (NCV)

39 “Do you know when the mountain goats give birth?
    Do you watch when the deer gives birth to her fawn?
Do you count the months until they give birth
    and know the right time for them to give birth?
They lie down, their young are born,
    and then the pain of giving birth is over.
Their young ones grow big and strong in the wild country.
    Then they leave their homes and do not return.

“Who let the wild donkey go free?
    Who untied its ropes?
I am the one who gave the donkey the desert as its home;
    I gave it the desert lands as a place to live.
The wild donkey laughs at the confusion in the city,
    and it does not hear the drivers shout.
It roams the hills looking for pasture,
    looking for anything green to eat.

“Will the wild ox agree to serve you
    and stay by your feeding box at night?
10 Can you hold it to the plowed row with a harness
    so it will plow the valleys for you?
11 Will you depend on the wild ox for its great strength
    and leave your heavy work for it to do?
12 Can you trust the ox to bring in your grain
    and gather it to your threshing floor?

13 “The wings of the ostrich flap happily,
    but they are not like the feathers of the stork.
14 The ostrich lays its eggs on the ground
    and lets them warm in the sand.
15 It does not stop to think that a foot might step on them and crush them;
    it does not care that some animal might walk on them.
16 The ostrich is cruel to its young, as if they were not even its own.
    It does not care that its work is for nothing,
17 because God did not give the ostrich wisdom;
    God did not give it a share of good sense.
18 But when the ostrich gets up to run, it is so fast
    that it laughs at the horse and its rider.

19 “Job, are you the one who gives the horse its strength
    or puts a flowing mane on its neck?
20 Do you make the horse jump like a locust?
    It scares people with its proud snorting.
21 It paws wildly, enjoying its strength,
    and charges into battle.
22 It laughs at fear and is afraid of nothing;
    it does not run away from the sword.
23 The bag of arrows rattles against the horse’s side,
    along with the flashing spears and swords.
24 With great excitement, the horse races over the ground;
    and it cannot stand still when it hears the trumpet.
25 When the trumpet blows, the horse snorts, ‘Aha!’
    It smells the battle from far away;
    it hears the shouts of commanders and the battle cry.

26 “Is it through your wisdom that the hawk flies
    and spreads its wings toward the south?
27 Are you the one that commands the eagle to fly
    and build its nest so high?
28 It lives on a high cliff and stays there at night;
    the rocky peak is its protected place.
29 From there it looks for its food;
    its eyes can see it from far away.
30 Its young eat blood,
    and where there is something dead, the eagle is there.”

New Century Version (NCV)

The Holy Bible, New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Job 39 New International Version (NIV)

39 “Do you know when the mountain goats give birth?
    Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn?
Do you count the months till they bear?
    Do you know the time they give birth?
They crouch down and bring forth their young;
    their labor pains are ended.
Their young thrive and grow strong in the wilds;
    they leave and do not return.

“Who let the wild donkey go free?
    Who untied its ropes?
I gave it the wasteland as its home,
    the salt flats as its habitat.
It laughs at the commotion in the town;
    it does not hear a driver’s shout.
It ranges the hills for its pasture
    and searches for any green thing.

“Will the wild ox consent to serve you?
    Will it stay by your manger at night?
10 Can you hold it to the furrow with a harness?
    Will it till the valleys behind you?
11 Will you rely on it for its great strength?
    Will you leave your heavy work to it?
12 Can you trust it to haul in your grain
    and bring it to your threshing floor?

13 “The wings of the ostrich flap joyfully,
    though they cannot compare
    with the wings and feathers of the stork.
14 She lays her eggs on the ground
    and lets them warm in the sand,
15 unmindful that a foot may crush them,
    that some wild animal may trample them.
16 She treats her young harshly, as if they were not hers;
    she cares not that her labor was in vain,
17 for God did not endow her with wisdom
    or give her a share of good sense.
18 Yet when she spreads her feathers to run,
    she laughs at horse and rider.

19 “Do you give the horse its strength
    or clothe its neck with a flowing mane?
20 Do you make it leap like a locust,
    striking terror with its proud snorting?
21 It paws fiercely, rejoicing in its strength,
    and charges into the fray.
22 It laughs at fear, afraid of nothing;
    it does not shy away from the sword.
23 The quiver rattles against its side,
    along with the flashing spear and lance.
24 In frenzied excitement it eats up the ground;
    it cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.
25 At the blast of the trumpet it snorts, ‘Aha!’
    It catches the scent of battle from afar,
    the shout of commanders and the battle cry.

26 “Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom
    and spread its wings toward the south?
27 Does the eagle soar at your command
    and build its nest on high?
28 It dwells on a cliff and stays there at night;
    a rocky crag is its stronghold.
29 From there it looks for food;
    its eyes detect it from afar.
30 Its young ones feast on blood,
    and where the slain are, there it is.”

New International Version (NIV)

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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