Job 38
New American Standard Bible Par ▾ 
God Speaks Now to Job

      1Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,

      2“Who is this that darkens counsel
            By words without knowledge?

      3“Now gird up your loins like a man,
            And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!

      4“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
            Tell Me, if you have understanding,

      5Who set its measurements? Since you know.
            Or who stretched the line on it?

      6“On what were its bases sunk?
            Or who laid its cornerstone,

      7When the morning stars sang together
            And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

      8“Or who 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 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 ever in your life commanded the morning,
            And caused the dawn to know its place,

      13That it might take hold of the ends of the earth,
            And the wicked be shaken out of it?

      14“It is changed like clay under the seal;
            And they stand forth like a garment.

      15“From the wicked their light is withheld,
            And the uplifted arm is broken.

      16“Have you entered into the springs of the sea
            Or walked in the recesses of the deep?

      17“Have the gates of death been revealed to you,
            Or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?

      18“Have you understood the expanse of 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,

      20That you may take it to its territory
            And that you may discern the paths to its home?

      21“You know, for you were born then,
            And the number of your days is great!

      22“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,
            Or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,

      23Which I have reserved for the time of distress,
            For the day of war and battle?

      24“Where is the way that 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,

      26To bring rain on a land without people,
            On a desert without a man in it,

      27To satisfy the waste and desolate land
            And to make the seeds of grass to sprout?

      28“Has the rain a father?
            Or who has begotten the drops of dew?

      29“From whose womb has come the ice?
            And the frost of heaven, who has given it birth?

      30“Water becomes hard like stone,
            And the surface of the deep is imprisoned.

      31“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades,
            Or loose the cords of Orion?

      32“Can you lead forth a constellation in its season,
            And guide the Bear with her satellites?

      33“Do you know the ordinances of the heavens,
            Or fix their rule over the earth?

      34“Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
            So that an abundance of water will cover you?

      35“Can you send forth lightnings that they may go
            And say to you, ‘Here we are’?

      36“Who has put wisdom in the innermost being
            Or given understanding to the mind?

      37“Who can count the clouds by wisdom,
            Or tip the water jars of the heavens,

      38When the dust hardens into a mass
            And the clods stick together?

      39“Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
            Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,

      40When they crouch in their dens
            And lie in wait in their lair?

      41“Who prepares for the raven its nourishment
            When its young cry to God
            And wander about without food?

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