Job 39: The
LORD Speaks about Creatures [ch.2 of 4]
Comments: Another seventeen questions poured out to Job
but now limited to the creatures on the earth. If the previous
chapter asked about the big questions of creation and the running
of the earth, this one turns to the creatures living on the earth.]
you know when the mountain goats give
birth? Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn?
you count the months till they bear? Do you
know the time they give birth?
down and bring forth their young; their labor pains are ended.
thrive and grow strong in the wilds; they leave and do not return.
let the wild donkey go free? Who untied
gave it the wasteland as its home, the salt flats as its habitat.
at the commotion in the town; it does not hear a driver's shout.
the hills for its pasture and searches for any green thing.
the wild ox consent to serve you? Will it stay
by your manger at night?
you hold it to the furrow with a harness? Will
it till the valleys behind you?
you rely on it for its great strength? Will
you leave your heavy work to it?
you trust it to haul in your grain and bring it to your
wings of the ostrich flap joyfully, though they cannot compare
with the wings and feathers of the stork.
lays her eggs on the ground and lets them warm in the sand,
that a foot may crush them, that some wild animal may trample
She treats her young harshly, as if they were not hers; she cares
not that her labor was in vain,
God did not endow her with wisdom or give her a share of good
when she spreads her feathers to run, she laughs at horse and
you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with
a flowing mane?
you make it leap like a locust, striking terror with
its proud snorting?
It paws fiercely,
rejoicing in its strength, and charges into the fray.
laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; it does not shy away from the
rattles against its side, along with the flashing spear and lance.
excitement it eats up the ground; it cannot stand still when the
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.
the hawk take flight by your wisdom and spread its wings
toward the south?
eagle soar at your command and build its nest on high?
dwells on a cliff and stays there at night; a rocky crag is its
it looks for food; its eyes detect it from afar.
young ones feast on blood, and where the slain are, there it is.
Comments: Interestingly the questions pause up to focus
on the ostrich [v.13-18], the horse [v.19-25] and birds of prey
[v.26-30], again to point out to Job his lack of knowledge or
impotence his inability to affect these creatures. He is powerless
but God isn't.]