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Job 38

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?


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