Job 38

1Then Jehovah answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, 2Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? 3Gird up now thy loins like a man, for I will demand of thee, and declare thou to me. 4Where were thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou have understanding. 5Who determined the measures of it, if thou know? Or who stretched the line upon it? 6Upon what were the foundations of it fastened? Or who laid the cornerstone of it 7when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? 8Or who shut up the sea with doors when it broke forth, like it had issued out of the womb, 9when I made clouds the garment of it, and thick darkness a swaddling-band for it, 10and marked out for it my bound, and set bars and doors, 11and said, This far thou shall come, but no farther, and here thy proud waves shall be stayed? 12Have thou commanded the morning since thy days began, and caused the dayspring to know its place 13that it might take hold of the ends of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it? 14It is changed as clay under the seal, and all things stand forth as a garment. 15And from the wicked their light is withheld, and the high arm is broken. 16Have thou entered into the springs of the sea? Or have thou walked in the recesses of the deep? 17Have the gates of death been revealed to thee? Or have thou seen the gates of the shadow of death? 18Have thou comprehended the earth in its breadth? Declare, if thou know it all. 19Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And as for darkness, where is the place of it 20that thou should take it to the bound of it, and that thou should discern the paths to the house of it? 21Thou know, for thou were born then, and the number of thy days is great! 22Have thou entered the treasuries of the snow, or have thou seen the treasures of the hail, 23which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war? 24By what way is the light divided, or the east wind scattered upon the earth? 25Who has cleft a channel for the water flood, or the way for the lightning of the thunder, 26to cause it to rain on a land where no man is, on the wilderness, in which there is no man, 27to satisfy the waste and desolate ground, and to cause the tender grass to spring forth? 28Has the rain a father? Or who has begotten the drops of dew? 29Out of whose womb came the ice? And the hoary frost of heaven, who has engendered it? 30The waters hide themselves and become like stone, and the face of the deep is frozen. 31Can thou bind the cluster of the Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? 32Can thou lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season? Or can thou guide the Bear with her train? 33Do thou know the ordinances of the heavens? Can thou establish the dominion of it on the earth? 34Can thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee? 35Can thou send forth lightnings, that they may go, and say to thee, Here we are? 36Who has put wisdom in the inward parts? Or who has given understanding to the mind? 37Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven 38when the dust runs into a mass, and the clods cleave fast together? 39Can thou hunt the prey for the lioness, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions 40when they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait? 41Who provides for the raven his prey when his young ones cry to God, and wander for lack of food?
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