Job 39
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1  Do you know the season when the mountain goats give birth? Can you mark the time when the hinds calve?

א  הֲיָדַעְתָּ עֵת לֶדֶת יַעֲלֵי־סָלַע חֹלֵל אַיָּלוֹת תִּשְׁמֹר׃

2  Can you count the months they must complete? Do you know the season they give birth,

ב  תִּסְפֹּר יְרָחִים תְּמַלֶּאנָה וְיָדַעְתָּ עֵת לִדְתָּנָה׃

3  When they couch to bring forth their offspring, To deliver their young?

ג  תִּכְרַעְנָה יַלְדֵיהֶן תְּפַלַּחְנָה חֶבְלֵיהֶם תְּשַׁלַּחְנָה׃

4  Their young are healthy; they grow up in the open; They leave and return no more.

ד  יַחְלְמוּ בְנֵיהֶם יִרְבּוּ בַבָּר יָצְאוּ וְלֹא־שָׁבוּ לָמוֹ׃

5  Who sets the wild ass free? Who loosens the bonds of the onager,

ה  מִי־שִׁלַּח פֶּרֶא חָפְשִׁי וּמֹסְרוֹת עָרוֹד מִי פִתֵּחַ׃

6  Whose home I have made the wilderness, The salt land his dwelling-place?

ו  אֲשֶׁר־שַׂמְתִּי עֲרָבָה בֵיתוֹ וּמִשְׁכְּנוֹתָיו מְלֵחָה׃

7  He scoffs at the tumult of the city, Does not hear the shouts of the driver.

ז  יִשְׂחַק לַהֲמוֹן קִרְיָה תְּשֻׁאוֹת נוֹגֵשׂ לֹא יִשְׁמָע׃

8  He roams the hills for his pasture; He searches for any green thing.

ח  יְתוּר הָרִים מִרְעֵהוּ וְאַחַר כָּל־יָרוֹק יִדְרוֹשׁ׃

9  Would the wild ox agree to serve you? Would he spend the night at your crib?

ט  הֲיֹאבֶה רֵּים עָבְדֶךָ אִם־יָלִין עַל־אֲבוּסֶךָ׃

10  Can you hold the wild ox by ropes to the furrow? Would he plow up the valleys behind you?

י  הֲ‍תִקְשָׁר־רֵים בְּתֶלֶם עֲבֹתוֹ אִם־יְשַׂדֵּד עֲמָקִים אַחֲרֶיךָ׃

11  Would you rely on his great strength And leave your toil to him?

יא  הֲתִבְטַח־בּוֹ כִּי־רַב כֹּחוֹ וְתַעֲזֹב אֵלָיו יְגִיעֶךָ׃

12  Would you trust him to bring in the seed And gather it in from your threshing floor?

יב  הֲתַאֲמִין בּוֹ כִּי־ישוב [יָשִׁיב] זַרְעֶךָ וְגָרְנְךָ יֶאֱסֹף׃

13  The wing of the ostrich beats joyously; Are her pinions and plumage like the stork’s?

k’-naf r’-na-NEEM ne-e-LA-sah im ev-RAH kha-see-DAH v’-no-TZAH

יג  כְּנַף־רְנָנִים נֶעֱלָסָה אִם־אֶבְרָה חֲסִידָה וְנֹצָה׃

39:13   The wing of the ostrich beats joyously

The land of Israel used to be home to wild ostriches, until they became extinct in the region as a result of hunting. In fact, in 2006, four ancient ostrich eggs, thought to be at least 5,000 years old, were found in the Sharon region, just north of Tel Aviv. Because they were common in ancient Israel, ostriches are mentioned in a number of places in the Bible. Verses 13-18 make mention of the cruelty of the ostrich, which leaves its eggs to be trampled and is callous to its young (see also Lamentations 4:3). The ostrich is also listed among the non-kosher birds that are forbidden to be eaten (Leviticus 11:16 and Deuteronomy 14:15).Comment

14  She leaves her eggs on the ground, Letting them warm in the dirt,

יד  כִּי־תַעֲזֹב לָאָרֶץ בֵּצֶיהָ וְעַל־עָפָר תְּחַמֵּם׃

15  Forgetting they may be crushed underfoot, Or trampled by a wild beast.

טו  וַתִּשְׁכַּח כִּי־רֶגֶל תְּזוּרֶהָ וְחַיַּת הַשָּׂדֶה תְּדוּשֶׁהָ׃

16  Her young are cruelly abandoned as if they were not hers; Her labor is in vain for lack of concern.

טז  הִקְשִׁיחַ בָּנֶיהָ לְּלֹא־לָהּ לְרִיק יְגִיעָהּ בְּלִי־פָחַד׃

17  For Hashem deprived her of wisdom, Gave her no share of understanding,

יז  כִּי־הִשָּׁהּ אֱלוֹהַּ חָכְמָה וְלֹא־חָלַק לָהּ בַּבִּינָה׃

18  Else she would soar on high, Scoffing at the horse and its rider.

יח  כָּעֵת בַּמָּרוֹם תַּמְרִיא תִּשְׂחַק לַסּוּס וּלְרֹכְבוֹ׃

19  Do you give the horse his strength? Do you clothe his neck with a mane?

יט  הֲתִתֵּן לַסּוּס גְּבוּרָה הֲתַלְבִּישׁ צַוָּארוֹ רַעְמָה׃

20  Do you make him quiver like locusts, His majestic snorting [spreading] terror?

כ  הְתַרְעִישֶׁנּוּ כָּאַרְבֶּה הוֹד נַחְרוֹ אֵימָה׃

21  He paws with force, he runs with vigor, Charging into battle.

כא  יַחְפְּרוּ בָעֵמֶק וְיָשִׂישׂ בְּכֹחַ יֵצֵא לִקְרַאת־נָשֶׁק׃

22  He scoffs at fear; he cannot be frightened; He does not recoil from the sword.

כב  יִשְׂחַק לְפַחַד וְלֹא יֵחָת וְלֹא־יָשׁוּב מִפְּנֵי־חָרֶב׃

23  A quiverful of arrows whizzes by him, And the flashing spear and the javelin.

כג  עָלָיו תִּרְנֶה אַשְׁפָּה לַהַב חֲנִית וְכִידוֹן׃

24  Trembling with excitement, he swallows the land; He does not turn aside at the blast of the trumpet.

כד  בְּרַעַשׁ וְרֹגֶז יְגַמֶּא־אָרֶץ וְלֹא־יַאֲמִין כִּי־קוֹל שׁוֹפָר׃

25  As the trumpet sounds, he says, “Aha!” From afar he smells the battle, The roaring and shouting of the officers.

כה  בְּדֵי שֹׁפָר יֹאמַר הֶאָח וּמֵרָחוֹק יָרִיחַ מִלְחָמָה רַעַם שָׂרִים וּתְרוּעָה׃

26  Is it by your wisdom that the hawk grows pinions, Spreads his wings to the south?

כו  הֲ‍מִבִּינָתְךָ יַאֲבֶר־נֵץ יִפְרֹשׂ כנפו [כְּנָפָיו] לְתֵימָן׃

27  Does the eagle soar at your command, Building his nest high,

כז  אִם־עַל־פִּיךָ יַגְבִּיהַּ נָשֶׁר וְכִי יָרִים קִנּוֹ׃

28  Dwelling in the rock, Lodging upon the fastness of a jutting rock?

כח  סֶלַע יִשְׁכֹּן וְיִתְלֹנָן עַל־שֶׁן־סֶלַע וּמְצוּדָה׃

29  From there he spies out his food; From afar his eyes see it.

כט  מִשָּׁם חָפַר־אֹכֶל לְמֵרָחוֹק עֵינָיו יַבִּיטוּ׃

30  His young gulp blood; Where the slain are, there is he.


ל  ואפרחו [וְאֶפְרֹחָיו] יְעַלְעוּ־דָם וּבַאֲשֶׁר חֲלָלִים שָׁם הוּא׃

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