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God challenges Job to answer.
38:1 Then Yahweh answered Job out of the whirlwind,38:2 “Who is this who darkens counsel
by words without knowledge?
38:3 Brace yourself like a man,
for I will question you, then you answer me!
God, by his mighty works, convinces Job of ignorance,
38:4 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Declare, if you have understanding.
38:5 Who determined its measures, if you know?
Or who stretched the line on it?
38:6 Whereupon were its foundations fastened?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
38:7 when 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,
38:9 when I made clouds its garment,
and wrapped it in thick darkness,
38:10 marked out for it my bound,
set bars and doors,
38:11 and said, ‘Here you may come, but no further.
Here your proud waves shall be stayed?’
38:12 “Have you commanded the morning in your days,
and caused the dawn to know its place;
38:13 that it might take hold of the ends of the earth,
and shake the wicked out of it?
38:14 It is changed as clay under the seal,
and stands forth as a garment.
38:15 From 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?
38:17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you?
Or have you seen the gates of the shadow of death?
38:18 Have 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 its place,
38:20 that you should take it to its bound,
that you should discern the paths to its house?
38:21 Surely you know, for you were born then,
and the number of your days is great!
38:22 Have you entered the treasuries of the snow,
or have you seen the treasures of the hail,
38:23 which I have reserved against the time of trouble,
against the day of battle and war?
38:24 By what way is the lightning distributed,
or the east wind scattered on the earth?
38:25 Who has cut a channel for the flood water,
or the path for the thunderstorm;
38:26 To cause it to rain on a land where no man is;
on the wilderness, in which there is no man;
38:27 to satisfy the waste and desolate ground,
to cause the tender grass to spring forth?
38:28 Does the rain have a father?
Or who fathers the drops of dew?
38:29 Out of whose womb came the ice?
The gray frost of the sky, who has given birth to it?
38:30 The waters become hard like stone,
when the surface of the deep is frozen.
and of imbecility.
38:31 “Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades,
or loosen the cords of Orion?
38:32 Can you lead forth the constellations in their season?
Or can you guide the Bear with her cubs?
38:33 Do you know the laws of the heavens?
Can you establish its dominion over the earth?
38:34 “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
That abundance of waters may cover you?
38:35 Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go?
Do they report to you, ‘Here we are?’
38:36 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts?
Or who has given understanding to the mind?
38:37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
Or who can pour out the bottles of the sky,
38:38 when 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,
38:40 when they crouch in their dens,
and lie in wait in the thicket?
38:41 Who provides for the raven his prey,
when his young ones cry to God,
and wander for lack of food?