Job 38

The  Lord Answers Job

1Then the  Lord a  answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:

2 Who is this that b  darkens counsel by words c  without knowledge?
3 d  Dress for action
Hebrew Gird up your loins
like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.
4 Where were you when I f  laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
5Who determined its measurementssurely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
6On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone,
7when the morning stars g  sang together
and all h  the sons of God i  shouted for joy?
8 “Or who j  shut in the sea with doors
when it burst out from the womb,
9when I made clouds its garment
and k  thick darkness its swaddling band,
10and prescribed l  limits for it
and set bars and doors,
11and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
and here shall your m  proud waves be stayed’?
12 “Have you n  commanded the morning since your days began,
and caused the dawn to know its place,
13that it might take hold of o  the skirts of the earth,
and the wicked be p  shaken out of it?
14It is changed like clay under the seal,
and its features stand out like a garment.
15From the wicked their q  light is withheld,
and r  their uplifted arm is broken.
16 “Have you s  entered into the springs of the sea,
or walked in the recesses of the deep?
17Have t  the gates of death been revealed to you,
or have you seen the gates of u  deep darkness?
18Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth?
Declare, if you know all this.
19 “Where is the way to the dwelling of light,
and where is the place of darkness,
20that you may take it to its territory
and that you may discern v  the paths to its home?
21You know, for w  you were born then,
and the number of your days is great!
22 “Have you entered x  the storehouses of the snow,
or have you seen y  the storehouses of the hail,
23which I have reserved z  for the time of trouble,
aa  for the day of battle and war?
24What is the way to the place where the light is distributed,
or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?
25 “Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain
and ab  a way for the thunderbolt,
26to bring rain on ac  a land where no man is,
on ad  the desert in which there is no man,
27to satisfy the waste and desolate land,
and to make the ground sprout with ae  grass?
28 Has af  the rain a father,
or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29From whose womb did ag  the ice come forth,
and who has given birth to ah  the frost of heaven?
30The waters become hard like stone,
and the face of the deep is ai  frozen.
31 “Can you bind the chains of aj  the Pleiades
or loose the cords of ak  Orion?
32Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth
Probably the name of a constellation
in their season,
or can you guide am  the Bear with its children?
33Do you know an  the ordinances of the heavens?
Can you establish their rule on the earth?
34 “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
that ao  a flood of waters may cover you?
35Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go
and say to you, ‘Here we are’?
36Who has ap  put wisdom in aq  the inward parts
Or  in the ibis

or given understanding to the mind?
Or rooster

37Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens,
38when the dust runs into a mass
and at  the clods stick fast together?
39 “Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
or au  satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
40when they crouch in their av  dens
or lie in wait aw  in their thicket?
41Who provides for ax  the raven its prey,
when its young ones cry to God for help,
and wander about for lack of food?
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