Job 38
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1Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:1Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
2“Who is this who obscures My counsel by words without knowledge?2“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
3Now brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall inform Me!3Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.
4Where were you when I laid the foundations 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.
5Who fixed its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched a measuring line across it?5Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?
6On what were its foundations laid, or who set its core in place—6On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone,
7while 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?
8Who enclosed 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,
9when I made the clouds its garment and thick darkness its blanket,9when I made clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band,
10when I fixed its boundaries and set in place its bars and doors,10and prescribed limits for it and set bars and doors,
11and I declared: ‘You may come this far, but no farther; here your proud waves must stop’?11and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?
12In your days, have you commanded the morning or assigned the dawn its place,12“Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place,
13that it might spread to the ends of the earth 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?
14The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its hills stand out like the folds of a garment.14It is changed like clay under the seal, and its features stand out like a garment.
15Light is withheld from the wicked, and their upraised arm is broken.15From the wicked their light is withheld, and their uplifted arm is broken.
16Have you journeyed to the vents of the sea or walked in the trenches of the deep?16“Have you entered into the springs of the sea, or walked in the recesses of the deep?
17Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Have you seen the gates of the shadow of death?17Have the gates of death been revealed to you, or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
18Have you surveyed the extent of the earth? Tell Me, if you know all this.18Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth? Declare, if you know all this.
19Where is the way to the home of light? Do you know where darkness resides,19“Where is the way to the dwelling of light, and where is the place of darkness,
20so you can lead it back to its border? Do you know the paths to its home?20that you may take it to its territory and that you may discern the paths to its home?
21Surely you know, for you were already born! And the number of your days is great!21You know, for you were born then, and the number of your days is great!
22Have you entered the storehouses of snow or observed the storehouses of hail,22“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
23which I hold in reserve for times of trouble, for the day of war and battle?23which I have reserved for the time of trouble, for the day of battle and war?
24In which direction is the lightning dispersed, or the east wind 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?
25Who cuts a channel for the flood or clears a path for the thunderbolt,25“Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain and a way for the thunderbolt,
26to bring rain on a barren land, on a desert where no man lives,26to bring rain on a land where no man is, on the desert in which there is no man,
27to satisfy the parched wasteland and make it sprout with tender grass?27to satisfy the waste and desolate land, and to make the ground sprout with grass?
28Does the rain have a father? Who has begotten the drops of dew?28“Has the rain a father, or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29From whose womb does the ice emerge? Who gave birth to the frost from heaven,29From whose womb did the ice come forth, and who has given birth to the frost of heaven?
30when the waters become hard as stone, and the surface of the deep is frozen?30The waters become hard like stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.
31Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades or loosen the belt of Orion?31“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades or loose the cords of Orion?
32Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear and her cubs?32Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season, or can you guide the Bear with its children?
33Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set their dominion over the earth?33Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you establish their rule on the earth?
34Can you command the clouds so that a flood of water covers you?34“Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that a flood of waters may cover you?
35Can 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’?
36Who has put wisdom in the heart or given understanding to the mind?36Who has put wisdom in the inward parts or given understanding to the mind?
37Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Or who can tilt the water jars of the heavens37Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens,
38when the dust hardens into a mass and the clods of earth stick together?38when the dust runs into a mass and the clods stick fast together?
39Can you hunt the prey for a lioness or satisfy the hunger of young lions39“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 the thicket?40when they crouch in their dens or lie in wait in their thicket?
41Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God as they 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?
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