“Did the animals lose their power of speech when Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden?”
Job and the Ostrich
“because God has made her forget wisdom and given her no share in understanding.” – Job 39:17
Now I know that this question is probably based off of Job’s conversation with God about the ostrich “forgetting wisdom,”but I’m not sure that we could ascertain whether or not animals had speech from Job’s conversation. Many people are very tripped up by this passage because Job is arguing from a human viewpoint whereas God is like… “you have no idea what you’re saying.”
Ostriches aren’t bad mothers. On the contrary, she lays her eggs and acts as a decoy to lead predators to chase her rather than get close to her nest where a predator could trample her eggs. Job, in his ignorance, claimed God caused her to “forget” her understanding, whereas God retorts that He Himself gives animals their strength. The ostrich didn’t lose her understanding, it’s that Job didn’t recognize her wisdom.
A Talking Serpent
Now if you weren’t referencing Job 39, but rather maybe referencing the serpent speaking to Eve:
“Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”- Genesis 3:1
Personally, I think Eve was intrigued or at least suprised by a talking snake, which is why she continued to listen to his spiel. If this was common, I doubt she would have so intently listened to him.
With that said, we don’t know if animals spoke in the garden. The text doesn’t give us an idea one way or another, simply because it’s not germane to the message of the Bible, which is there is a king, with a kingdom, and He’s coming back, so repent.
Originally posted to Quora on May 21, 2018