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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?