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Job 38

Job 38:1  
And the Lord made answer to Job out of the storm-wind, and said,

Job 38:2  
Who is this who makes the purpose of God dark by words without knowledge?

Job 38:3  
Get your strength together like a man of war; I will put questions to you, and you will give me the answers.

Job 38:4  
Where were you when I put the earth on its base? Say, if you have knowledge.

Job 38:5  
By whom were its measures fixed? Say, if you have wisdom; or by whom was the line stretched out over it?

Job 38:6  
On what were its pillars based, or who put down its angle-stone,

Job 38:7  
When the morning stars made songs together, and all the sons of the gods gave cries of joy?

Job 38:8  
Or where were you when the sea came to birth, pushing out from its secret place;

Job 38:9  
When I made the cloud its robe, and put thick clouds as bands round it,

Job 38:10  
Ordering a fixed limit for it, with locks and doors;

Job 38:11  
And said, So far you may come, and no farther; and here the pride of your waves will be stopped?

Job 38:12  
Have you, from your earliest days, given orders to the morning, or made the dawn conscious of its place;

Job 38:13  
So that it might take a grip of the skirts of the earth, shaking all the evil-doers out of it?

Job 38:14  
It is changed like wet earth under a stamp, and is coloured like a robe;

Job 38:15  
And from the evil-doers their light is kept back, and the arm of pride is broken.

Job 38:16  
Have you come into the springs of the sea, walking in the secret places of the deep?

Job 38:17  
Have the doors of death been open to you, or have the door-keepers of the dark ever seen you?

Job 38:18  
Have you taken note of the wide limits of the earth? Say, if you have knowledge of it all.

Job 38:19  
Which is the way to the resting-place of the light, and where is the store-house of the dark;

Job 38:20  
So that you might take it to its limit, guiding it to its house?

Job 38:21  
No doubt you have knowledge of it, for then you had come to birth, and the number of your days is great.

Job 38:22  
Have you come into the secret place of snow, or have you seen the store-houses of the ice-drops,

Job 38:23  
Which I have kept for the time of trouble, for the day of war and fighting?

Job 38:24  
Which is the way to the place where the wind is measured out, and the east wind sent out over the earth?

Job 38:25  
By whom has the way been cut for the flowing of the rain, and the flaming of the thunder;

Job 38:26  
Causing rain to come on a land where no man is living, on the waste land which has no people;

Job 38:27  
To give water to the land where there is waste and destruction, and to make the dry land green with young grass?

Job 38:28  
Has the rain a father? or who gave birth to the drops of night mist?

Job 38:29  
Out of whose body came the ice? and who gave birth to the cold mist of heaven?

Job 38:30  
The waters are joined together, hard as a stone, and the face of the deep is covered.

Job 38:31  
Are the bands of the Pleiades fixed by you, or are the cords of Orion made loose?

Job 38:32  
Do you make Mazzaroth come out in its right time, or are the Bear and its children guided by you?

Job 38:33  
Have you knowledge of the laws of the heavens? did you give them rule over the earth?

Job 38:34  
Is your voice sent up to the cloud, so that you may be covered by the weight of waters?

Job 38:35  
Do you send out the thunder-flames, so that they may go, and say to you, Here we are?

Job 38:36  
Who has put wisdom in the high clouds, or given knowledge to the lights of the north?

Job 38:37  
By whose wisdom are the clouds numbered, or the water-skins of the heavens turned to the earth,

Job 38:38  
When the earth becomes hard as metal, and is joined together in masses?

Job 38:39  
Do you go after food for the she-lion, or get meat so that the young lions may have enough,

Job 38:40  
When they are stretched out in their holes, and are waiting in the brushwood?

Job 38:41  
Who gives in the evening the meat he is searching for, when his young ones are crying to God; when the young lions with loud noise go wandering after their food?

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