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Job 39-40 Common English Bible (CEB)

Mountain goat and doe

39 Do you know when mountain goats give birth;
    do you observe the birthing of does?
Can you count the months of pregnancy;
    do you know when they give birth?
They crouch, split open for their young,
    send forth their offspring.
Their young are healthy; they grow up in the open country,
    leave and never return.

Wild donkey

Who freed the wild donkey,
        loosed the ropes of the onager
    to whom I gave the desert as home,
        his dwelling place in the salt flats?
He laughs at the clamor of the town,
        doesn’t hear the driver’s shout,
    searches the hills for food
        and seeks any green sprout.

Wild ox

Will the wild ox agree to be your slave,
    or will it spend the night in your crib?
10 Can you bind it with a rope to a plowed row;
    will it plow the valley behind you?
11 Will you trust it because its strength is great
    so that you can leave your work to it?
12 Can you rely on it to bring back your grain
    to gather into your threshing floor?


13 The ostrich’s wings flap joyously,
    but her wings and plumage are like a stork.
14 She leaves her eggs on the earth,
    lets them warm in the dust,
15     then forgets that a foot may crush them
        or a wild animal trample them.
16 She treats her young harshly as if they were not hers,
    without worrying that her labor might be in vain;
17 God didn’t endow her with sense,
    didn’t give her some good sense.
18 When she flaps her wings high,
    she laughs at horse and rider.


19 Did you give strength to the horse,
        clothe his neck with a mane,
20     cause him to leap like a locust,
        his majestic snorting, a fright?
21 He[a] paws in the valley, prances proudly,
        charges at battle weapons,
22     laughs at fear, unafraid.
He doesn’t turn away from the sword;
23     a quiver of arrows flies by him,
        flashing spear and dagger.
24 Excitedly, trembling, he swallows the ground;
    can’t stand still at a trumpet’s blast.
25 At a trumpet’s sound, he says, “Aha!”
    smells the battle from afar,
        hears[b] officers’ shouting and the battle cry.

Hawk and eagle

26 Is it due to your understanding that the hawk flies,
    spreading its wings to the south?
27 Or at your command does the eagle soar,
    the vulture build a nest on high?
28 They dwell on an outcropping of rock,
    their fortress on rock’s edge.
29 From there they search for food;
    their eyes notice it from afar,
30     and their young lap up blood;
        where carcasses lie, there they are.

The Lord speaks and Job answers

40 The Lord continued to respond to Job:

Will the one who disputes with the Almighty correct him?
    God’s instructor must answer him.
Job responded to the Lord:
Look, I’m of little worth. What can I answer you?
    I’ll put my hand over my mouth.
I have spoken once, I won’t answer;
    twice, I won’t do it again.

A challenge from the Lord

The Lord answered Job from the whirlwind:
Prepare yourself like a man;
    I will interrogate you, and you will respond to me.
Would you question my justice,
    deem me guilty so you can be innocent?
Or do you have an arm like God;
    can you thunder with a voice like him?
10 Adorn yourself with splendor and majesty;
    clothe yourself with honor and esteem.
11 Unleash your raging anger;
    look on all the proud and humble them.
12 Look on all the proud and debase them;
    trample the wicked in their place.
13 Hide them together in the dust;
    bind their faces in a hidden place.
14 Then I, even I, will praise you,
    for your strong hand has delivered you.


15 Look at Behemoth, whom I made along with you;
    he eats grass like cattle.
16 Look, his strength is in his thighs,
    his power in stomach muscles.
17 He stiffens his tail like a cedar;
    the tendons in his thighs are tightly woven.
18 His bones are like bronze tubes,
    his limbs like iron bars.
19 He is the first of God’s acts;
    only his maker can come near him with a sword.
20 Indeed, the hills bring him tribute,
    places where all the wild animals play.
21 He lies under the lotuses,
    under the cover of reed and marsh.
22 The lotuses screen him with shade;
    poplars of the stream surround him.
23 If the river surges, he doesn’t hurry;
    he is confident even though the Jordan gushes into his mouth.
24 Can he be seized by his eyes?
    Can anyone pierce his nose by hooks?


  1. Job 39:21 Or they
  2. Job 39:25 Heb lacks hears.
Common English Bible (CEB)

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