|Job 38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,
|Job 38:2 "Who is this that darkens counsel
By words without knowledge?
|Job 38:3 "Now gird up your loins like a man,
And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!
|Job 38:4 "Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding,
|Job 38:5 Who set its measurements? Since you know.
Or who stretched the line on it?
|Job 38:6 "On what were its bases sunk?
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 enclosed the sea with doors
When, bursting forth, it went out from the womb;
|Job 38:9 When I made a cloud its garment
And thick darkness its swaddling band,
|Job 38:10 And I placed boundaries on it
And set a bolt and doors,
|Job 38:11 And I said, 'Thus far you shall come, but no farther;
And here shall your proud waves stop'?
|Job 38:12 ¶ "Have you ever in your life commanded the morning,
And caused the dawn to know its place,
|Job 38:13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth,
And the wicked be shaken out of it?
|Job 38:14 "It is changed like clay under the seal;
And they stand forth like a garment.
|Job 38:15 "From the wicked their light is withheld,
And the uplifted arm is broken.
|Job 38:16 ¶ "Have you entered into the springs of the sea
Or 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 deep darkness?
|Job 38:18 "Have you understood the expanse of the earth?
Tell Me, if you know all this.
|Job 38:19 ¶ "Where is the way to the dwelling of light?
And darkness, where is its place,
|Job 38:20 That you may take it to its territory
And that you may discern the paths to its home?
|Job 38:21 "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 for the time of distress,
For the day of war and battle?
|Job 38:24 "Where is the way that the light is divided,
Or the east wind scattered on the earth?
|Job 38:25 ¶ "Who has cleft a channel for the flood,
Or a way for the thunderbolt,
|Job 38:26 To bring rain on a land without people,
On a desert without a man in it,
|Job 38:27 To satisfy the waste and desolate land
And to make the seeds of grass to sprout?
|Job 38:28 "Has the rain a father?
Or who has begotten the drops of dew?
|Job 38:29 "From whose womb has come the ice?
And the frost of heaven, who has given it birth?
|Job 38:30 "Water becomes hard like stone,
And the surface of the deep is imprisoned.
|Job 38:31 ¶ "Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades,
Or loose the cords of Orion?
|Job 38:32 "Can you lead forth a constellation in its season,
And guide the Bear with her satellites?
|Job 38:33 "Do you know the ordinances of the heavens,
Or fix their rule over the earth?
|Job 38:34 ¶ "Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
So that an abundance of water will cover you?
|Job 38:35 "Can you send forth lightnings that they may go
And say to you, 'Here we are'?
|Job 38:36 "Who has put wisdom in the innermost being
Or given understanding to the mind?
|Job 38:37 "Who can count the clouds by wisdom,
Or tip the water jars of the heavens,
|Job 38:38 When the dust hardens into a mass
And the clods stick together?
|Job 38:39 ¶ "Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
|Job 38:40 When they crouch in their dens
And lie in wait in their lair?
|Job 38:41 "Who prepares for the raven its nourishment
When its young cry to God
And wander about without food?