[Gavest thou] the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?
And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, [and] a court for owls.
But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.
Even the sea monsters draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones: the daughter of my people [is become] cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness.
What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider.
Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.
She is hardened against her young ones, as though [they were] not hers: her labour is in vain without fear;
And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.
Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,
The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, [and] rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.