Job 38

God Speaks Now to Job

1Then the  Lord a  answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, 2Who is this that b  darkens counsel
By words without knowledge?
3Now c  gird up your loins like a man,
And d  I will ask you, and you instruct Me!
4Where were you e  when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you
Lit know understanding
have understanding,
5Who set its g  measurements? Since you know.
Or who stretched the line on it?
6On what h  were its bases sunk?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
7When the morning stars sang together
And all the i  sons of God shouted for joy?

8“Or who j  enclosed the sea with doors
When, bursting forth, it went out from the womb;
9When I made a cloud its garment
And thick darkness its swaddling band,
10And I
Lit broke My decree on it
,
l  placed boundaries on it
And set a bolt and doors,
11And 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,
13That it might take hold of n  the ends of the earth,
And o  the wicked be shaken out of it?
14It 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.

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

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

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

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

34Can 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’?
36Who has ap  put wisdom in the innermost being
Or given aq  understanding to the
Or rooster
mind?
37Who can count the clouds by wisdom,
Or as  tip the water jars of the heavens,
38When the dust hardens into a mass
And the clods stick together?

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

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