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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