39 “Have you come to know the appointed time for the mountain goats of the crag to give birth?+
Do you observe just when the hinds bring forth+ with birth pangs?
2 Do you count the lunar months that they fulfill,
Or have you come to know the appointed time that they give birth?
4 Their sons become robust, they get big in the open field;
They actually go forth and do not return to them.
5 Who sent forth the zebra+ free,
And who loosened the very bands of the wild ass,
6 Whose house I have appointed the desert plain
And whose dwelling places the salt country?+
10 Will you bind a wild bull fast with its ropes in the furrow,
Or will it harrow+ low plains after you?
11 Will you trust in it because its power is abundant,
And will you leave your toil to it?
12 Will you rely on it that it will bring back your seed
And that it will gather to your threshing floor?
13 Has the wing of the female ostrich flapped joyously,
Or [has she] the pinions of a stork+ and the plumage?
14 For she leaves her eggs to the earth itself
And in the dust she keeps them warm,
15 And she forgets that some foot may crush them
Or even a wild beast of the field may tread on them.
18 At the time she flaps [her wings] on high,
She laughs at the horse and at its rider.
23 Against it a quiver rattles,
The blade of a spear and a javelin.
24 With pounding and excitement it swallows up the earth,
And it does not believe that it is the sound of a horn.
25 As soon as the horn blows it says Aha!
And from far off it smells the battle,
26 Is it owing to your understanding that the falcon soars up,
That it spreads its wings to the south wind?
27 Or is it at your order that an eagle+ flies upward
And that it builds its nest high up,+
28 That on a crag it resides and stays during the night
Upon the tooth of a crag and an inaccessible place?