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Job 38:1 ←
Then Yahweh answered Job out of the whirlwind,
Job 38:2 ←
“Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
Job 38:3 ←
Brace yourself like a man, for I will question you, then you answer me!
Job 38:4 ←
“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if you have understanding.
Job 38:5 ←
Who determined its measures, if you know? Or who stretched the line on it?
Job 38:6 ←
What were its foundations fastened on? Or who laid its cornerstone,
Job 38:7 ←
when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Job 38:8 ←
“Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it broke out of the womb,
Job 38:9 ←
when I made clouds its garment, and wrapped it in thick darkness,
Job 38:10 ←
marked out for it my bound, set bars and doors,
Job 38:11 ←
and said, ‘You may come here, but no further. Your proud waves shall be stopped here’?
Job 38:12 ←
“Have you commanded the morning in your days, and caused the dawn to know its place,
Job 38:13 ←
that it might take hold of the ends of the earth, and shake the wicked out of it?
Job 38:14 ←
It is changed as clay under the seal, and presented as a garment.
Job 38:15 ←
From the wicked, their light is withheld. The high arm is broken.
Job 38:16 ←
“Have you entered into the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in the recesses of the deep?
Job 38:17 ←
Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Or have you seen the gates of the shadow of death?
Job 38:18 ←
Have you comprehended the earth in its width? Declare, if you know it all.
Job 38:19 ←
“What is the way to the dwelling of light? As for darkness, where is its place,
Job 38:20 ←
that you should take it to its bound, that you should discern the paths to its house?
Job 38:21 ←
Surely you know, for you were born then, and the number of your days is great!
Job 38:22 ←
Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
Job 38:23 ←
which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?
Job 38:24 ←
By what way is the lightning distributed, or the east wind scattered on the earth?
Job 38:25 ←
Who has cut a channel for the flood water, or the path for the thunderstorm,
Job 38:26 ←
to cause it to rain on a land where there is no man, on the wilderness, in which there is no man,
Job 38:27 ←
to satisfy the waste and desolate ground, to cause the tender grass to grow?
Job 38:28 ←
Does the rain have a father? Or who fathers the drops of dew?
Job 38:29 ←
Whose womb did the ice come out of? Who has given birth to the gray frost of the sky?
Job 38:30 ←
The waters become hard like stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen.
Job 38:31 ←
“Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, or loosen the cords of Orion?
Job 38:32 ←
Can you lead the constellations out in their season? Or can you guide the Bear with her cubs?
Job 38:33 ←
Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you establish its dominion over the earth?
Job 38:34 ←
“Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover you?
Job 38:35 ←
Can you send out lightnings, that they may go? Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’?
Job 38:36 ←
Who has put wisdom in the inward parts? Or who has given understanding to the mind?
Job 38:37 ←
Who can count the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the containers of the sky,
Job 38:38 ←
when the dust runs into a mass, and the clods of earth stick together?
Job 38:39 ←
“Can you hunt the prey for the lioness, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
Job 38:40 ←
when they crouch in their dens, and lie in wait in the thicket?
Job 38:41 ←
Who provides for the raven his prey, when his young ones cry to God, and wander for lack of food?