Job

Book of Job. Chapter 38

   

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

2 "Who [is] this who darkens counsel By words without knowledge?

3 Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.

4 " Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell [Me,] if you have understanding.

5 Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?

6 To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone,

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

8 "Or [who] shut in the sea with doors, When it burst forth [and] issued from the womb;

9 When I made the clouds its garment, And thick darkness its swaddling band;

10 When I fixed My limit for it, And set bars and doors;

11 When I said, 'This far you may come, but no farther, And here your proud waves must stop!'

12 " Have you commanded the morning since your days [began,] [And] caused the dawn to know its place,

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

14 It takes on form like clay [under] a seal, And stands out like a garment.

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

16 "Have you entered the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in search of the depths?

17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death?

18 Have you comprehended the breadth 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,

20 That you may take it to its territory, That you may know the paths [to] its home?

21 Do you know [it,] because you were born then, Or [because] the number of your days [is] great?

22 "Have you entered the treasury of snow, Or have you seen the treasury of hail,

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

24 By what way is light diffused, [Or] the east wind scattered over the earth?

25 "Who has divided a channel for the overflowing [water,] Or a path for the thunderbolt,

26 To cause it to rain on a land [where there is] no one, A wilderness in which [there is] no man;

27 To satisfy the desolate waste, And cause to spring forth the growth of tender grass?

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

29 From whose womb comes the ice? And the frost of heaven, who gives it birth?

30 The waters harden like stone, And the surface of the deep is frozen.

31 " Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, Or loose the belt of Orion?

32 Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season? Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs?

33 Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you set their dominion over the earth?

34 "Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, That an abundance of water may cover you?

35 Can you send out lightnings, that they may go, And say to you, 'Here we [are!'?]

36 Who has put wisdom in the mind? Or who has given understanding to the heart?

37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven,

38 When the dust hardens in clumps, And the clods cling together?

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

40 When they crouch in [their] dens, [Or] lurk in their lairs to lie in wait?

41 Who provides food for the raven, When its young ones cry to God, And wander about for lack of food?

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