Job 38

The Lord Answers Job 1Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:

2"Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? 3Dress for actionHebrew Gird up your loins like a man;
   I will question you, and you make it known to me.

4Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
   Tell me, if you have understanding.
5Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
   Or who stretched the line upon it?
6On what were its bases sunk,
   or who laid its cornerstone,
7when the morning stars sang together
   and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

8Or who shut in the sea with doors
   when it burst out from the womb,
9when I made clouds its garment
   and thick darkness its swaddling band,
10and prescribed limits for it
   and set bars and doors,
11and said, 'Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
   and here shall your proud waves be stayed'?

12Have you commanded the morning since your days began,
   and caused the dawn to know its place,
13that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth,
   and the wicked be shaken out of it?
14It is changed like clay under the seal,
   and its features stand out like a garment.
15From the wicked their light is withheld,
   and their uplifted arm is broken.

16Have you entered into the springs of the sea,
   or walked in the recesses of the deep?
17Have the gates of death been revealed to you,
   or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
18Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth?
   Declare, if you know all this.

19Where is the way to the dwelling of light,
   and where is the place of darkness,
20that you may take it to its territory
   and that you may discern the paths to its home?
21You know, for you were born then,
   and the number of your days is great!

22Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,
   or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
23which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
   for the day of battle and war?
24What is the way to the place where the light is distributed,
   or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?

25Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain
   and a way for the thunderbolt,
26to bring rain on a land where no man is,
   on the desert in which there is no man,
27to satisfy the waste and desolate land,
   and to make the ground sprout with grass?

28Has the rain a father,
   or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29From whose womb did the ice come forth,
   and who has given birth to the frost of heaven?
30The waters become hard like stone,
   and the face of the deep is frozen.

31Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades
   or loose the cords of Orion?
32Can you lead forth the MazzarothProbably the name of a constellation in their season,
   or can you guide the Bear with its children?
33Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
   Can you establish their rule on the earth?

34Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
   that a flood of waters may cover you?
35Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go
   and say to you, 'Here we are'?
36Who has put wisdom in the inward partsOr in the ibis
   or given understanding to the mind?Or rooster
37Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
   Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens,
38when the dust runs into a mass
   and the clods stick fast together?

39Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
   or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
40when they crouch in their dens
   or lie in wait in their thicket?
41Who provides for the raven its prey,
   when its young ones cry to God for help,
   and wander about for lack of food?