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Job 38

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38:1 Then Jehovah answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

38:2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel By words without knowledge?

38:3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; For I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

38:4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if thou hast understanding.

38:5 Who determined the measures thereof, if thou knowest? Or who stretched the line upon it?

38:6 Whereupon were the foundations thereof fastened? Or who laid the corner-stone thereof,

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 brake forth, `as if' it had issued out of the womb;

38:9 When I made clouds the garment thereof, And thick darkness a swaddling-band for it,

38:10 And marked out for it my bound, And set bars and doors,

38:11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further; And here shall thy proud waves be stayed?

38:12 Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days `began', `And' caused the dayspring to know its place;

38:13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, And the wicked be shaken out of it?

38:14 It is changed as clay under the seal; And `all things' stand forth as a garment:

38:15 And from the wicked their light is withholden, And the high arm is broken.

38:16 Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? Or hast thou walked in the recesses of the deep?

38:17 Have the gates of death been revealed unto thee? Or hast thou seen the gates of the shadow of death?

38:18 Hast thou comprehended the earth in its breadth? Declare, if thou knowest it all.

38:19 Where is the way to the dwelling of light? And as for darkness, where is the place thereof,

38:20 That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, And that thou shouldest discern the paths to the house thereof?

38:21 `Doubtless', thou knowest, for thou wast then born, And the number of thy days is great!

38:22 Hast thou entered the treasuries of the snow, Or hast thou 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 light parted, Or the east wind scattered upon the earth?

38:25 Who hath cleft a channel for the waterflood, Or the way for the lightning of the thunder;

38:26 To cause it to rain on a land where no man is; On the wilderness, wherein there is no man;

38:27 To satisfy the waste and desolate `ground', And to cause the tender grass to spring forth?

38:28 Hath the rain a father? Or who hath begotten the drops of dew?

38:29 Out of whose womb came the ice? And the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?

38:30 The waters hide themselves `and become' like stone, And the face of the deep is frozen.

38:31 Canst thou bind the cluster of the Pleiades, Or loose the bands of Orion?

38:32 Canst thou lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season? Or canst thou guide the Bear with her train?

38:33 Knowest thou the ordinances of the heavens? Canst thou establish the dominion thereof in the earth?

38:34 Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, That abundance of waters may cover thee?

38:35 Canst thou send forth lightnings, that they may go, And say unto thee, Here we are?

38:36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? Or who hath given understanding to the mind?

38:37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven,

38:38 When the dust runneth into a mass, And the clods cleave fast together?

38:39 Canst thou hunt the prey for the lioness, Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,

38:40 When they couch in their dens, `And' abide in the covert to lie in wait?

38:41 Who provideth for the raven his prey, When his young ones cry unto God, `And' wander for lack of food?