Job 38
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God Challenges Job

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1Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:1Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:1Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,1Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,1Then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind. He said:
2"Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge?2“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?2"Who is this that darkens counsel By words without knowledge?2Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?2Who is this who obscures My counsel with ignorant words?
3Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.3Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.3"Now gird up your loins like a man, And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!3Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.3Get ready to answer Me like a man; when I question you, you will inform Me.
4"Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand.4“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.4"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding,4Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.4Where were you when I established the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.
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5Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?5Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?5Who set its measurements? Since you know. Or who stretched the line on it?5Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?5Who fixed its dimensions? Certainly you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?
6On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone--6On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone,6"On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone,6Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;6What supports its foundations? Or who laid its cornerstone
7while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?7when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?7When the morning stars sang together And all the sons of God shouted for joy?7When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?7while the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8"Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb,8“Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb,8"Or who enclosed the sea with doors When, bursting forth, it went out from the womb;8Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?8Who enclosed the sea behind doors when it burst from the womb,
9when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness,9when I made clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band,9When I made a cloud its garment And thick darkness its swaddling band,9When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,9when I made the clouds its garment and thick darkness its blanket,
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10when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place,10and prescribed limits for it and set bars and doors,10And I placed boundaries on it And set a bolt and doors,10And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,10when I determined its boundaries and put its bars and doors in place,
11when I said, 'This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt'?11and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?11And I said, 'Thus far you shall come, but no farther; And here shall your proud waves stop '?11And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?11when I declared: "You may come this far, but no farther; your proud waves stop here"?
12"Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place,12“Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place,12"Have you ever in your life commanded the morning, And caused the dawn to know its place,12Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;12Have you ever in your life commanded the morning or assigned the dawn its place,
13that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it?13that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it?13That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, And the wicked be shaken out of it?13That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?13so it may seize the edges of the earth and shake the wicked out of it?
14The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features stand out like those of a garment.14It is changed like clay under the seal, and its features stand out like a garment.14"It is changed like clay under the seal; And they stand forth like a garment.14It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.14The earth is changed as clay is by a seal; its hills stand out like the folds of a garment.
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15The wicked are denied their light, and their upraised arm is broken.15From the wicked their light is withheld, and their uplifted arm is broken.15"From the wicked their light is withheld, And the uplifted arm is broken.15And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken.15Light is withheld from the wicked, and the arm raised in violence is broken.
16"Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?16“Have you entered into the springs of the sea, or walked in the recesses of the deep?16"Have you entered into the springs of the sea Or walked in the recesses of the deep?16Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?16Have you traveled to the sources of the sea or walked in the depths of the oceans?
17Have the gates of death been shown to you? Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?17Have the gates of death been revealed to you, or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?17"Have the gates of death been revealed to you, Or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?17Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?17Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
18Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth? Tell me, if you know all this.18Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth? Declare, if you know all this.18"Have you understood the expanse of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this.18Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.18Have you comprehended the extent of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this.
19"What is the way to the abode of light? And where does darkness reside?19“Where is the way to the dwelling of light, and where is the place of darkness,19"Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And darkness, where is its place,19Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,19Where is the road to the home of light? Do you know where darkness lives,
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20Can you take them to their places? Do you know the paths to their dwellings?20that you may take it to its territory and that you may discern the paths to its home?20That you may take it to its territory And that you may discern the paths to its home?20That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof?20so you can lead it back to its border? Are you familiar with the paths to its home?
21Surely you know, for you were already born! You have lived so many years!21You know, for you were born then, and the number of your days is great!21"You know, for you were born then, And the number of your days is great!21Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great?21Don't you know? You were already born; you have lived so long!
22"Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail,22“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,22"Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, Or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,22Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,22Have you entered the place where the snow is stored? Or have you seen the storehouses of hail,
23which I reserve for times of trouble, for days of war and battle?23which I have reserved for the time of trouble, for the day of battle and war?23Which I have reserved for the time of distress, For the day of war and battle?23Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?23which I hold in reserve for times of trouble, for the day of warfare and battle?
24What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed, or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?24What is the way to the place where the light is distributed, or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?24"Where is the way that the light is divided, Or the east wind scattered on the earth?24By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?24What road leads to the place where light is dispersed? Where is the source of the east wind that spreads across the earth?
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25Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm,25“Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain and a way for the thunderbolt,25"Who has cleft a channel for the flood, Or a way for the thunderbolt,25Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;25Who cuts a channel for the flooding rain or clears the way for lightning,
26to water a land where no one lives, an uninhabited desert,26to bring rain on a land where no man is, on the desert in which there is no man,26To bring rain on a land without people, On a desert without a man in it,26To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man;26to bring rain on an uninhabited land, on a desert with no human life,
27to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass?27to satisfy the waste and desolate land, and to make the ground sprout with grass?27To satisfy the waste and desolate land And to make the seeds of grass to sprout?27To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?27to satisfy the parched wasteland and cause the grass to sprout?
28Does the rain have a father? Who fathers the drops of dew?28“Has the rain a father, or who has begotten the drops of dew?28"Has the rain a father? Or who has begotten the drops of dew?28Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew?28Does the rain have a father? Who fathered the drops of dew?
29From whose womb comes the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens29From whose womb did the ice come forth, and who has given birth to the frost of heaven?29"From whose womb has come the ice? And the frost of heaven, who has given it birth?29Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?29Whose womb did the ice come from? Who gave birth to the frost of heaven
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30when the waters become hard as stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen?30The waters become hard like stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.30"Water becomes hard like stone, And the surface of the deep is imprisoned.30The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.30when water becomes as hard as stone, and the surface of the watery depths is frozen?
31"Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades? Can you loosen Orion's belt?31“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades or loose the cords of Orion?31"Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, Or loose the cords of Orion?31Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?31Can you fasten the chains of the Pleiades or loosen the belt of Orion?
32Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs?32Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season, or can you guide the Bear with its children?32"Can you lead forth a constellation in its season, And guide the Bear with her satellites?32Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?32Can you bring out the constellations in their season and lead the Bear and her cubs?
33Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set up God's dominion over the earth?33Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you establish their rule on the earth?33"Do you know the ordinances of the heavens, Or fix their rule over the earth?33Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?33Do you know the laws of heaven? Can you impose its authority on earth?
34"Can you raise your voice to the clouds and cover yourself with a flood of water?34“Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that a flood of waters may cover you?34"Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, So that an abundance of water will cover you?34Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee?34Can you command the clouds so that a flood of water covers you?
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35Do you send the lightning bolts on their way? Do they report to you, 'Here we are'?35Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go and say to you, ‘Here we are’?35"Can you send forth lightnings that they may go And say to you, 'Here we are'?35Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are?35Can you send out lightning bolts, and they go? Do they report to you: "Here we are"?
36Who gives the ibis wisdom or gives the rooster understanding?36Who has put wisdom in the inward parts or given understanding to the mind?36"Who has put wisdom in the innermost being Or given understanding to the mind?36Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?36Who put wisdom in the heart or gave the mind understanding?
37Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens37Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens,37"Who can count the clouds by wisdom, Or tip the water jars of the heavens,37Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven,37Who has the wisdom to number the clouds? Or who can tilt the water jars of heaven
38when the dust becomes hard and the clods of earth stick together?38when the dust runs into a mass and the clods stick fast together?38When the dust hardens into a mass And the clods stick together?38When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?38when the dust hardens like cast metal and the clods of dirt stick together?
39"Do you hunt the prey for the lioness and satisfy the hunger of the lions39“Can you hunt the prey for the lion, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,39"Can you hunt the prey for the lion, Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,39Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions,39Can you hunt prey for a lioness or satisfy the appetite of young lions
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40when they crouch in their dens or lie in wait in a thicket?40when they crouch in their dens or lie in wait in their thicket?40When they crouch in their dens And lie in wait in their lair?40When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait?40when they crouch in their dens and lie in wait within their lairs?
41Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food?41Who provides for the raven its prey, when its young ones cry to God for help, and wander about for lack of food?41"Who prepares for the raven its nourishment When its young cry to God And wander about without food?41Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat.41Who provides the raven's food when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food?



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