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Job: Chapter 38

God challenges Job to answer, 1-3. God, by his mighty works, convinces Job of ignorance, 4-30, and of imbecility, 31-41.

1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,

2 "Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge?

3 Now gird up your loins like a man, for I will demand of you, and answer me.

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

5 Who has laid its measures, if you know? Or who has stretched the line upon it?

6 Upon what are its foundations fastened? Or who laid its corner stone,

7 When the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

8 Or who shut up the sea with doors when it broke forth as if it had issued out of the womb,

9 When I made a cloud its garment and thick darkness a swaddling cloth for it,

10 And broke up for it my decreed place and set bars and doors,

11 And said, 'You shall come here, but no further, and your proud waves shall be stayed here'?

12 Have you commanded the morning since your days and caused the day-spring to know its place

13 So that it might take hold of the ends of earth and that the wicked might be shaken out of it?

14 It is turned as clay to the seal, and they stand as a garment.

15 And from the wicked their light is withheld, and the high arm shall be broken.

16 Have you entered into the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in the search of the depth?

17 Have the gates of death been opened to you? Or have you seen the doors of the shades of death?

18 Have you perceived the breadth of the earth? Declare if you know it all.

19 Where is the way where light dwells? And as for darkness, where is its place,

20 That you should take it to its bound and that you should know the paths to its house?

21 Do you know it because you were born then, or because the number of your days is great?

22 Have you entered into the treasures of the snow? Or have you seen the treasures of the hail,

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

24 By what way is the light parted, which scatters the east wind upon the earth?

25 Who has divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder,

26 To cause it to rain on the earth where no man is, on the wilderness in which there is no man,

27 To satisfy the desolate and waste ground, and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?

28 Has the rain a father? Or who has begotten the drops of the dew?

29 Out of whose womb did the ice come? And the hoary frost of heaven, who has engendered it?

30 The waters are hid as with a stone and the face of the deep is frozen.

31 Can you bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the cords of Orion?

32 Can you bring forth Mazzaroth in its season? Or can you guide Arcturus with its sons?

33 Do you know the ordinances of heaven? Can you set its dominion on the earth?

34 Can you lift your voice to the clouds so that abundance of waters may cover you?

35 Can you send lightnings so that they may go and say to you, 'Here we are'?

36 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts? Or who has given understanding to the heart?

37 Who can number the clouds in wisdom? Or who can stay the bottles of heaven,

38 When the dust grows into hardness and the clods cleave fast together?

39 Will you hunt the prey for the lion, or fill the appetite of the young lions,

40 When they couch in their dens and abide in the covert to lie in wait?

41 Who provides for the raven his food? When his young ones cry to God, they wander for lack of food."