Job 39
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1  Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? Or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?

א  הֲיָדַעְתָּ עֵת לֶדֶת יַעֲלֵי סָלַע חֹלֵל אַיָּלוֹת תִּשְׁמֹר.

2  Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? Or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?

ב  תִּסְפֹּר יְרָחִים תְּמַלֶּאנָה וְיָדַעְתָּ עֵת לִדְתָּנָה.

3  They bow themselves, they bring forth their young, they cast out their fruit.

ג  תִּכְרַעְנָה יַלְדֵיהֶן תְּפַלַּחְנָה חֶבְלֵיהֶם תְּשַׁלַּחְנָה.

4  Their young ones wax strong, they grow up in the open field; they go forth, and return not again.

ד  יַחְלְמוּ בְנֵיהֶם יִרְבּוּ בַבָּר יָצְאוּ וְלֹא שָׁבוּ לָמוֹ.

5  Who hath sent out the wild ass free? Or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?

ה  מִי שִׁלַּח פֶּרֶא חָפְשִׁי וּמֹסְרוֹת עָרוֹד מִי פִתֵּחַ.

6  Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the salt land his dwelling-place.

ו  אֲשֶׁר שַׂמְתִּי עֲרָבָה בֵיתוֹ וּמִשְׁכְּנוֹתָיו מְלֵחָה.

7  He scorneth the tumult of the city, neither heareth he the shoutings of the driver.

ז  יִשְׂחַק לַהֲמוֹן קִרְיָה תְּשֻׁאוֹת נֹגֵשׂ לֹא יִשְׁמָע.

8  The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.

ח  יְתוּר הָרִים מִרְעֵהוּ וְאַחַר כָּל יָרוֹק יִדְרוֹשׁ.

9  Will the wild-ox be willing to serve thee? Or will he abide by thy crib?

ט  הֲיֹאבֶה רֵּים עָבְדֶךָ אִם יָלִין עַל אֲבוּסֶךָ.

10  Canst thou bind the wild-ox with his band in the furrow? Or will he harrow the valleys after thee?

י  הֲתִקְשָׁר רֵים בְּתֶלֶם עֲבֹתוֹ אִם יְשַׂדֵּד עֲמָקִים אַחֲרֶיךָ.

11  Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? Or wilt thou leave thy labour to him?

יא  הֲתִבְטַח בּוֹ כִּי רַב כֹּחוֹ וְתַעֲזֹב אֵלָיו יְגִיעֶךָ.

12  Wilt thou rely on him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather the corn of thy threshing-floor?

יב  הֲתַאֲמִין בּוֹ כִּי ישוב (יָשִׁיב) זַרְעֶךָ וְגָרְנְךָ יֶאֱסֹף.

13  The wing of the ostrich beateth joyously; but are her pinions and feathers the kindly 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 beateth joyously

The Land of Israel used to be home to wild ostriches before 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, who leaves its eggs to be trampled and is callous to its young (see also Lamentations 4:3), and the ostrich is listed among the birds that are considered not-kosher and forbidden to be eaten (Leviticus 11:16 and Deuteronomy 14:15). There is an old custom in some parts of the world to hang ostrich eggs in synagogues, due to the ancient belief that ostriches incubate their eggs by staring at them, emitting energy from their eyes. Accordingly, ostrich eggs were hung in synagogues to remind worshippers of the importance of having the right intent and mindset while praying.Comment

14  For she leaveth her eggs on the earth, and warmeth them in dust,

יד  כִּי תַעֲזֹב לָאָרֶץ בֵּצֶיהָ וְעַל עָפָר תְּחַמֵּם.

15  And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may trample them.

טו  וַתִּשְׁכַּח כִּי רֶגֶל תְּזוּרֶהָ וְחַיַּת הַשָּׂדֶה תְדוּשֶׁהָ.

16  She is hardened against her young ones, as if they were not hers; though her labour be in vain, she is without fear;

טז  הִקְשִׁיחַ בָּנֶיהָ לְּלֹא לָהּ לְרִיק יְגִיעָהּ בְּלִי פָחַד.

17  Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath He imparted to her understanding.

יז  כִּי הִשָּׁהּ אֱלוֹהַּ חָכְמָה וְלֹא חָלַק לָהּ בַּבִּינָה.

18  When the time cometh, she raiseth her wings on high, and scorneth the horse and his rider.

יח  כָּעֵת בַּמָּרוֹם תַּמְרִיא תִּשְׂחַק לַסּוּס וּלְרֹכְבוֹ.

19  Hast thou given the horse his strength? Hast thou clothed his neck with fierceness?

יט  הֲתִתֵּן לַסּוּס גְּבוּרָה הֲתַלְבִּישׁ צַוָּארוֹ רַעְמָה.

20  Hast thou made him to leap as a locust? The glory of his snorting is terrible.

כ  הֲתַרְעִישֶׁנּוּ כָּאַרְבֶּה הוֹד נַחְרוֹ אֵימָה.

21  He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength; he goeth out to meet the clash of arms.

כא  יַחְפְּרוּ בָעֵמֶק וְיָשִׂישׂ בְּכֹחַ יֵצֵא לִקְרַאת נָשֶׁק.

22  He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword.

כב  יִשְׂחַק לְפַחַד וְלֹא יֵחָת וְלֹא יָשׁוּב מִפְּנֵי חָרֶב.

23  The quiver rattleth upon him, the glittering spear and the javelin.

כג  עָלָיו תִּרְנֶה אַשְׁפָּה לַהַב חֲנִית וְכִידוֹן.

24  He swalloweth the ground with storm and rage; neither believeth he that it is the voice of the horn.

כד  בְּרַעַשׁ וְרֹגֶז יְגַמֶּא אָרֶץ וְלֹא יַאֲמִין כִּי קוֹל שׁוֹפָר.

25  As oft as he heareth the horn he saith: ‘Ha, ha!’ and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.

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

26  Doth the hawk soar by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south?

כו  הֲמִבִּינָתְךָ יַאֲבֶר נֵץ יִפְרֹשׂ כְּנָפָו לְתֵימָן.

27  Doth the vulture mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?

כז  אִם עַל פִּיךָ יַגְבִּיהַּ נָשֶׁר וְכִי יָרִים קִנּוֹ.

28  She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the stronghold.

כח  סֶלַע יִשְׁכֹּן וְיִתְלֹנָן עַל שֶׁן סֶלַע וּמְצוּדָה.

29  From thence she spieth out the prey; her eyes behold it afar off.

כט  מִשָּׁם חָפַר אֹכֶל לְמֵרָחוֹק עֵינָיו יַבִּיטוּ.

30  Her young ones also suck up blood; and where the slain are, there is she.

ל  וְאֶפְרֹחָו יְעַלְעוּ דָם וּבַאֲשֶׁר חֲלָלִים שָׁם הוּא.

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