God Speaks Now to Job
1Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,
2“Who is this that darkens counsel
3“Now gird up your loins like a man,
4“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
5Who set its measurements, since you know?
6“On what were its bases sunk?
7When the morning stars sang together,
8“Or who enclosed the sea with doors,
9When I made a cloud its garment,
10And I placed boundaries on it,
11And I said, ‘Thus far you shall come, but no farther;
God’s Mighty Power
12“Have you ever in your life commanded the morning,
13That it might take hold of the ends of the earth,
14“It is changed like clay under the seal;
15“And from the wicked their light is withheld,
16“Have you entered into the springs of the sea?
17“Have the gates of death been revealed to you?
18“Have you understood the expanse of the earth?
19“Where is the way to the dwelling of light?
20That you may take it to its territory,
21“You know, for you were born then,
22“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,
23Which I have reserved for the time of distress,
24“Where is the way that the light is divided,
25“Who has cleft a channel for the flood,
26To bring rain on a land without people,
27To satisfy the waste and desolate land,
28“Has the rain a father?
29“From whose womb has come the ice?
30“Water becomes hard like stone,
31“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades,
32“Can you lead forth a constellation in its season,
33“Do you know the ordinances of the heavens,
34“Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
35“Can you send forth lightnings that they may go
36“Who has put wisdom in the innermost being,
37“Who can count the clouds by wisdom,
38When the dust hardens into a mass,
39“Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
40When they crouch in their dens,
41“Who prepares for the raven its nourishment,