The Lord Answers Job1Then the Lord aanswered Job out of the whirlwind and said: 2 “Who is this that bdarkens counsel by words cwithout knowledge?
3 dDress for action ▼
▼Hebrew Gird up your loinslike a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.
4 “Where were you when I flaid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
5Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
6On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone,
7when the morning stars gsang together
and all hthe sons of God ishouted for joy?
8 “Or who jshut in the sea with doors
when it burst out from the womb,
9when I made clouds its garment
and kthick darkness its swaddling band,
10and prescribed llimits for it
and set bars and doors,
11and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
and here shall your mproud waves be stayed’?
12 “Have you ncommanded the morning since your days began,
and caused the dawn to know its place,
13that it might take hold of othe skirts of the earth,
and the wicked be pshaken out of it?
14It is changed like clay under the seal,
and its features stand out like a garment.
15From the wicked their qlight is withheld,
and rtheir uplifted arm is broken.
16 “Have you sentered into the springs of the sea,
or walked in the recesses of the deep?
17Have tthe gates of death been revealed to you,
or have you seen the gates of udeep 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 vthe paths to its home?
21You know, for wyou were born then,
and the number of your days is great!
22 “Have you entered xthe storehouses of the snow,
or have you seen ythe storehouses of the hail,
23which I have reserved zfor the time of trouble,
aafor 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 aba way for the thunderbolt,
26to bring rain on aca land where no man is,
on adthe desert in which there is no man,
27to satisfy the waste and desolate land,
and to make the ground sprout with aegrass?
28 “Has afthe rain a father,
or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29From whose womb did agthe ice come forth,
and who has given birth to ahthe frost of heaven?
30The waters become hard like stone,
and the face of the deep is aifrozen.
31 “Can you bind the chains of ajthe Pleiades
or loose the cords of akOrion?
32Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth ▼
▼Probably the name of a constellationin their season,
or can you guide amthe Bear with its children?
33Do you know anthe ordinances of the heavens?
Can you establish their rule on the earth?
34 “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
that aoa flood of waters may cover you?
35Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go
and say to you, ‘Here we are’?
36Who has apput wisdom in aqthe inward parts ▼
▼Or in the ibis
or given understanding to the mind? ▼
37Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens,
38when the dust runs into a mass
and atthe clods stick fast together?
39 “Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
or ausatisfy the appetite of the young lions,
40when they crouch in their avdens
or lie in wait awin their thicket?
41Who provides for axthe raven its prey,
when its young ones cry to God for help,
and wander about for lack of food?
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