The Book of Job (WEB)

38: 1Then Yahweh answered Job out of the whirlwind,

 38:2"Who is this who darkens counsel
      By words without knowledge?

 38:3Brace yourself like a man,
      For I will question you, then you answer me!

  38:4"Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
      Declare, if you have understanding.

 38:5Who determined the measures of it, if you know?
      Or who stretched the line on it?

 38:6Whereupon were the foundations of it fastened?
      Or who laid its cornerstone,

 38:7When the morning stars sang together,
      And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

  38:8"Or who shut up the sea with doors,
      When it broke forth from the womb,

 38:9When I made clouds the garment of it,
      Thick darkness a swaddling-band for it,

 38:10Marked out for it my bound,
      Set bars and doors,

 38:11And said, 'Here you may come, but no further;
      Here shall your proud waves be stayed?'

  38:12"Have you commanded the morning in your days,
      And caused the dawn to know its place;

 38:13That it might take hold of the ends of the earth,
      And shake the wicked out of it?

 38:14It is changed as clay under the seal,
      And stands forth as a garment.

 38:15From the wicked, their light is withheld,
      The high arm is broken.

  38:16"Have you entered into the springs of the sea?
      Or have you walked in the recesses of the deep?

 38:17Have the gates of death been revealed to you?
      Or have you seen the gates of the shadow of death?

 38:18Have you comprehended the earth in its breadth?
      Declare, if you know it all.

  38:19"What is the way to the dwelling of light?
      As for darkness, where is the place of it,

 38:20That you should take it to the bound of it,
      That you should discern the paths to the house of it?

 38:21Surely you know, for you were born then,
      And the number of your days is great!

 38:22Have you entered the treasuries of the snow,
      Or have you seen the treasures of the hail,

 38:23Which I have reserved against the time of trouble,
      Against the day of battle and war?

 38:24By what way is the lightning distributed,
      Or the east wind scattered on the earth?

 38:25Who has cut a channel for the flood water,
      Or the path for the thunderstorm;

 38:26To cause it to rain on a land where no man is;
      On the wilderness, in which there is no man;

 38:27To satisfy the waste and desolate ground,
      To cause the tender grass to spring forth?

 38:28Does the rain have a father?
      Or who fathers the drops of dew?

 38:29Out of whose womb came the ice?
      The gray frost of the sky, who has given birth to it?

 38:30The waters become hard like stone,
      When the surface of the deep is frozen.

  38:31"Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades,
      Or loosen the cords of Orion?

 38:32Can you lead forth the constellations in their season?
      Or can you guide the Bear with her cubs?

 38:33Do you know the laws of the heavens?
      Can you establish the dominion of it over the earth?

  38:34"Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
      That abundance of waters may cover you?

 38:35Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go?
      Do they report to you, 'Here we are?'

 38:36Who has put wisdom in the inward parts?
      Or who has given understanding to the mind?

 38:37Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
      Or who can pour out the bottles of the sky,

 38:38When the dust runs into a mass,
      And the clods of earth stick together?

  38:39"Can you hunt the prey for the lioness,
      Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,

 38:40When they crouch in their dens,
      And lie in wait in the thicket?

 38:41Who provides for the raven his prey,
      When his young ones cry to God,
      And wander for lack of food?

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