38 Then the Lord qanswered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
I will question you, and you make it known to me.
4 “Where were you when I ulaid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
Or who stretched the line upon it?
or who laid its cornerstone,
7 when the morning stars vsang together
8 “Or who yshut in the sea with doors
when it burst out from the womb,
and zthick darkness its swaddling band,
10 and prescribed alimits for it
and set bars and doors,
and here shall your bproud waves be stayed’?
12 “Have you ccommanded the morning since your days began,
and caused the dawn to know its place,
13 that it might take hold of dthe skirts of the earth,
and the wicked be eshaken out of it?
and its features stand out like a garment.
15 From the wicked their flight is withheld,
and gtheir uplifted arm is broken.
16 “Have you hentered into the springs of the sea,
or walked in the recesses of the deep?
17 Have ithe gates of death been revealed to you,
or have you seen the gates of jdeep darkness?
Declare, if you know all this.
and where is the place of darkness,
and that you may discern kthe paths to its home?
21 You know, for lyou were born then,
and the number of your days is great!
22 “Have you entered mthe storehouses of the snow,
or have you seen mthe storehouses of the hail,
23 which I have reserved nfor the time of trouble,
nfor the day of battle and war?
or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?
and oa way for the thunderbolt,
26 to bring rain on pa land where no man is,
on qthe desert in which there is no man,
and to make the ground sprout with rgrass?
28 “Has sthe rain a father,
or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29 From whose womb did tthe ice come forth,
and who has given birth to tthe frost of heaven?
and the face of the deep is ufrozen.
31 “Can you bind the chains of vthe Pleiades
or loose the cords of vOrion?
32 Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth2 in their season,
or can you guide vthe Bear with its children?
33 Do you know wthe ordinances of the heavens?
Can you establish their rule on the earth?
that xa flood of waters may cover you?
and say to you, ‘Here we are’?
or given understanding to the mind?4
Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens,
and athe clods stick fast together?
or bsatisfy the appetite of the young lions,
40 when they crouch in their cdens
or lie in wait din their thicket?
41 Who provides for ethe raven its prey,
when its young ones cry to God for help,
and wander about for lack of food?
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