"The wings of the ostrich wave proudly,
But are her wings and pinions like the kindly stork's?
For she leaves her eggs on the ground,
And warms them in the dust;
She forgets that a foot may crush them,
Or that a wild beast may break them.
She treats her young harshly, as though they were not hers;
Her labor is in vain, without concern,
Because God deprived her of wisdom,
And did not endow her with understanding.
When she lifts herself on high,
She scorns the horse and its rider."
given the horse strength?
Have you clothed his neck with thunder?
Can you frighten him like a locust?
His majestic snorting strikes terror.
He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength;
He gallops into the clash of arms.
He mocks at fear, and is not frightened;
Nor does he turn back from the sword.
The quiver rattles against him,
The glittering spear and javelin.
He devours the distance with fierceness and rage;
Nor does he come to a halt because
trumpet has sounded.
At the blast of the trumpet he says, 'Aha!'
He smells the battle from afar,
The thunder of captains and shouting."
"Go to the ant, you sluggard!
Consider her ways and be wise,
Which, having no captain,
Overseer or ruler,
Provides her supplies in the summer,
And gathers her food in the harvest.
How long will you slumber, O sluggard?
When will you rise from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to sleep —
So shall your poverty come
like a prowler,
And your need like an armed man."
"Look now at the behemoth (hippo), which I made
along with you; He
eats grass like an ox.
See now, his strength is in his hips,
And his power is in his stomach muscles.
He moves his tail like a cedar;
The sinews of his thighs are tightly knit.
His bones are like beams of bronze,
His ribs like bars of iron.
He is the first of the ways of God;
Only He who made him can bring near His sword.
Surely the mountains yield food for him,
And all the beasts of the field play there.
He lies under the lotus trees,
In a covert of reeds and marsh.
The lotus trees cover him with their shade;
The willows by the brook surround him.
Indeed the river may rage,
Yet he is not disturbed;
He is confident, though the Jordan gushes into his mouth,
Though he takes it in his eyes,
Or one pierces his nose with a snare."
"How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?"...
sow is not made alive unless it dies. And what you sow, you do not
that shall be, but mere grain — perhaps wheat or some other grain.
gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.
All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of
flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds.
There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the
glory of the celestial is
glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun,
the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from
another star in glory.
So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in
corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it
is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is
power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, "The
first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam became a
However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward
man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from
was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as
is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we
have borne the
image of the man
of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man."
1 Corinthians 15:35-49
consider Your heavens,
of Your fingers,
and the stars,
are mindful of him,
son of man that You visit him?
have made him a little lower than the angels,
have crowned him with glory and honor.
made him to have dominion
works of Your hands;
put all things under his feet,
and oxen —
beasts of the field,
of the air,
fish of the sea
through the paths of the seas.
O LORD, our Lord,
how excellent is Your name in all the earth!"
"The wicked in his pride persecutes the poor;...
For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire;
the greedy and renounces the LORD.
in his proud countenance does not seek God;
God is in
none of his thoughts.
His ways are always prospering;
judgments are far above, out of his sight;
As for all
his enemies, he sneers at them.
said in his heart, "I shall not be moved;
never be in adversity."
is full of cursing and deceit and oppression;
tongue is trouble and iniquity.
He sits in the lurking places of the villages;
secret places he murders the innocent;
are secretly fixed on the helpless.
He lies in
wait secretly, as a lion in his den;
He lies in
wait to catch the poor;
the poor when he draws him into his net.
crouches, he lies low, that the helpless may fall by his strength.
said in his heart,"God has forgotten;
His face;He will never see."...
He has said in his heart,"You will not require an account."
"Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will
eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put
on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look
at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather
into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more
value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his
"So why do
you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they
grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even
Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if
God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow
is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of
"Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall
we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the
Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all
these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His
righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore
do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own
things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
"...with moisture He saturates the thick clouds ;
He scatters His bright clouds.
swirl about, being turned by His guidance,
That they may do whatever He commands them
On the face of the whole earth."
"But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
And the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you;
And the fish of the sea will explain to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
Does not the ear test words
And the mouth taste its food?
Wisdom is with aged men,
And with length of days, understanding.
"With Him are wisdom and strength,
He has counsel and understanding.
If He breaks a thing down, it cannot be rebuilt;
If He imprisons a man, there can be no release.
If He withholds the waters, they dry up;
If He sends them out, they overwhelm the earth.
With Him are strength and prudence.
The deceived and the deceiver are His.
He leads counselors away plundered,
And makes fools of the judges.
He loosens the bonds of kings,
And binds their waist with a belt.
He leads princes away plundered,
And overthrows the mighty.
He deprives the trusted ones of speech,
And takes away the discernment of the elders.
He pours contempt on princes,
And disarms the mighty.
He uncovers deep things out of darkness,
And brings the shadow of death to light.
He makes nations great, and destroys them;
He enlarges nations, and guides them.
He takes away the understanding of the chiefs of the people of the
And makes them wander in a pathless wilderness.
in the dark without light,
And He makes them stagger like a drunken man."