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Job 38

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  1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm. He said:

 2 "Who is this that darkens my counsel

       with words without knowledge?

 3 Brace yourself like a man;

       I will question you,

       and you shall answer me.

 4 "Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation?

       Tell me, if you understand.

 5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!

       Who stretched a measuring line across it?

 6 On what were its footings set,

       or who laid its cornerstone-

 7 while the morning stars sang together

       and all the angels [a] shouted for joy?

 8 "Who shut up the sea behind doors

       when it burst forth from the womb,

 9 when I made the clouds its garment

       and wrapped it in thick darkness,

 10 when I fixed limits for it

       and set its doors and bars in place,

 11 when I said, 'This far you may come and no farther;

       here is where your proud waves halt'?

 12 "Have you ever given orders to the morning,

       or shown the dawn its place,

 13 that it might take the earth by the edges

       and shake the wicked out of it?

 14 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal;

       its features stand out like those of a garment.

 15 The wicked are denied their light,

       and their upraised arm is broken.

 16 "Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea

       or walked in the recesses of the deep?

 17 Have the gates of death been shown to you?

       Have you seen the gates of the shadow of death [b] ?

 18 Have you comprehended the vast expanses 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?

 20 Can you take them to their places?

       Do you know the paths to their dwellings?

 21 Surely you know, for you were already born!

       You have lived so many years!

 22 "Have you entered the storehouses of the snow

       or seen the storehouses of the hail,

 23 which I reserve for times of trouble,

       for days of war and battle?

 24 What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed,

       or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?

 25 Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain,

       and a path for the thunderstorm,

 26 to water a land where no man lives,

       a desert with no one in it,

 27 to satisfy a desolate wasteland

       and make it sprout with grass?

 28 Does the rain have a father?

       Who fathers the drops of dew?

 29 From whose womb comes the ice?

       Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens

 30 when the waters become hard as stone,

       when the surface of the deep is frozen?

 31 "Can you bind the beautiful [c] Pleiades?

       Can you loose the cords of Orion?

 32 Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons [d]

       or lead out the Bear [e] with its cubs?

 33 Do you know the laws of the heavens?

       Can you set up God's [f] dominion over the earth?

 34 "Can you raise your voice to the clouds

       and cover yourself with a flood of water?

 35 Do you send the lightning bolts on their way?

       Do they report to you, 'Here we are'?

 36 Who endowed the heart [g] with wisdom

       or gave understanding to the mind [h] ?

 37 Who has the wisdom to count the clouds?

       Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens

 38 when the dust becomes hard

       and the clods of earth stick together?

 39 "Do you hunt the prey for the lioness

       and satisfy the hunger of the lions

 40 when they crouch in their dens

       or lie in wait in a thicket?

 41 Who provides food for the raven

       when its young cry out to God

       and wander about for lack of food?

Footnotes:

  1. Job 38:7 Hebrew the sons of God
  2. Job 38:17 Or gates of deep shadows
  3. Job 38:31 Or the twinkling; or the chains of the
  4. Job 38:32 Or the morning star in its season
  5. Job 38:32 Or out Leo
  6. Job 38:33 Or his ; or their
  7. Job 38:36 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
  8. Job 38:36 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.

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