Job 38

God Speaks Now to Job

Then the  Lord a answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, Who is this that b darkens counsel
By words without knowledge?
Now c gird up your loins like a man,
And d I will ask you, and you instruct Me!
Where were you e when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you
Lit know understanding
have understanding,
Who set its g measurements? Since you know.
Or who stretched the line on it?
On what h were its bases sunk?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
When the morning stars sang together
And all the i sons of God shouted for joy?

“Or who j enclosed the sea with doors
When, bursting forth, it went out from the womb;
When I made a cloud its garment
And thick darkness its swaddling band,
10 And I
Lit broke My decree on it
l placed boundaries on it
And set a bolt and doors,
11 And I said, ‘Thus far you shall come, but no farther;
And here shall your proud waves stop’?

God’s Mighty Power

12 “Have you
Lit from your days
ever in your life commanded the morning,
And caused the dawn to know its place,
13 That it might take hold of n the ends of the earth,
And o the wicked be shaken out of it?
14 It is changed like clay under the seal;
And they stand forth like a garment.
15  p From the wicked their light is withheld,
And the q uplifted arm is broken.

16 Have you entered into r the springs of the sea
Or walked
Or in search of
in the recesses of the deep?
17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you,
Or have you seen the gates of t deep darkness?
18 Have you understood the
Or width
expanse of v the earth?
Tell Me, if you know all this.

19 Where is the way to the dwelling of light?
And darkness, where is its place,
20 That you may take it to w its territory
And that you may discern the paths to its
Lit house
21 You know, for y you were born then,
And the number of your days is great!
22 Have you entered the storehouses z of the snow,
Or have you seen the storehouses of the aa hail,
23 Which I have reserved for the time of distress,
For the day of war and battle?
24 Where is the way that ab the light is divided,
Or the east wind scattered on the earth?

25 Who has cleft a channel for the flood,
Or a way for the thunderbolt,
26 To bring ac rain on a land without
Lit man
On a desert without a man in it,
27 To ae satisfy the waste and desolate land
And to make the
Or growth
seeds of grass to sprout?
28 Has ag the rain a father?
Or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29 From whose womb has come the ah ice?
And the frost of heaven, who has given it birth?
30 Water
Lit hides itself
becomes hard like stone,
And the surface of the deep is imprisoned.

31 Can you bind the chains of the aj Pleiades,
Or loose the cords of Orion?
32 Can you lead forth a
Heb Mazzaroth
constellation in its season,
And guide the Bear with her
Lit sons
33 Do you know the am ordinances of the heavens,
Or fix their rule over the earth?

34 Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
So that an an abundance of water will cover you?
35 “Can you ao send forth lightnings that they may go
And say to you, ‘Here we are’?
36 Who has ap put wisdom in the innermost being
Or given aq understanding to the
Or rooster
37 Who can count the clouds by wisdom,
Or as tip the water jars of the heavens,
38 When the dust hardens into a mass
And the clods stick together?

39 Can you hunt the at prey for the lion,
Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
40 When they au crouch in their dens
And lie in wait in their lair?
41 Who prepares for av the raven its nourishment
When its young cry to God
And wander about without food?

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