38 Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind.n He said:
with ignorant words?o
when I questionp you, you will inform me.
4 Where were you when I establishedq the earth?
Tell me, if you haveA understanding.
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
Or who laid its cornerstone
and all the sons of Goda shouted for joy?
when it burst from the womb,
10 when I determined its boundariesC
and put its bars and doors in place,
your proud waves stop here”?
or assigned the dawn its place,
and shake the wicked out of it?
its hills stand out like the folds of a garment.
15 LightD is withheld from the wicked,
and the arm raised in violence is broken.
or walked in the depths of the oceans?
17 Have the gatesc of death been revealed to you?
Have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
Tell me, if you know all this.
Do you know where darkness lives,
Are you familiar with the paths to its home?
21 Don’t you know? You were already born;d
you have lived so long!E
Or have you seen the storehouses of hail,e
for the day of warfare and battle?f
24 What road leads to the place where light is dispersed?F
Where is the source of the east wind that spreads across the earth?
or clears the way for lightning,
on a desert with no human life,G
and cause the grass to sprout?g
Who fathered the drops of dew?h
Who gave birth to the frost of heaven
30 when water becomes as hard as stone,H
and the surface of the watery depths is frozen?i
or loosen the belt of Orion?
32 Can you bring out the constellationsI in their season
33 Do you know the lawsk of heaven?
Can you impose itsK authority on earth?
34 Can you commandL the clouds
so that a flood of water covers you?l
35 Can you send out lightningm bolts, and they go?
Do they report to you: “Here we are”?
or gave the mind understanding?
Or who can tilt the water jars of heaven
and the clods of dirt stick together?
or satisfy the appetite of young lionsa
and lie in wait within their lairs?
41 Who provides the raven’s foodb
when its young cry out to God
and wander about for lack of food?
Have you watched the deer in labor?
2 Can you count the months they are pregnantA
so you can know the time they give birth?
they deliver their newborn.B
They leave and do not return.C
Who released the swift donkey from its harness?
6 I made the desertc its home,
and the saltyd wasteland its dwelling.
and never hears the shouts of a driver.e
searching for anything green.
Would it spend the night by your feeding trough?
10 Can you hold the wild oxf to a furrow by its harness?
Will it plow the valleys behind you?
Would you leave it to do your hard work?
and bring it to your threshing floor?
and lets them be warmed in the sand.
or that some wild animal may trample them.
with no fear that her labor may have been in vain.
he has not endowed her with understanding.h
18 When she proudlyD spreads her wings,
she laughs at the horse and its rider.
Do you adorn his neck with a mane?D
His proud snorting fills one with terror.
21 He pawsE in the valley and rejoices in his strength;
he charges into battle.F
he does not run from the sword.
along with a flashing spear and a javelin.
24 He charges aheadG with trembling rage;
he cannot stand still at the trumpet’s sound.
25 When the trumpet blasts, he snorts defiantly.H
He smells the battle from a distance;
he hears the officers’ shouts and the battle cry.
and spread its wings to the south?
and make its nesti on high?
its stronghold is on a rocky crag.
29 From there it searches for prey;a
its eyes penetrate the distance.
and where the slain are, it is there.b
Let him who argues with God give an answer.A
4 I am so insignificant. How can I answer you?c
I place my hand over my mouth.
twice, but now I can add nothing.d
6 Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind:e
When I questionf you, you will inform me.
Can you thunder with a voice like his?
10 Adorn yourself with majestyi and splendor,
and clothe yourself with honor and glory.
11 Pour out your raging anger;j
look on every proud person and humiliate him.k
12 Look on every proud person and humble him;l
trample the wicked where they stand.B
imprison them in the grave.C
which I made along with you.
He eats grass like cattle.
16 Look at the strength of his backD
and the power in the muscles of his belly.
the tendons of his thighs are woven firmly together.
his limbs are like iron rods.
19 He is the foremost of God’s works;o
only his Maker can draw the sword against him.
while all sorts of wild animals play there.
hiding in the protectionE of marshy reeds.
the willows by the brook surround him.
he remains confident, even if the Jordan surges up to his mouth.
24 Can anyone capture him while he looks on,F
or pierce his nose with snares?
or tie his tongue down with a rope?
2 Can you put a cordG through his nose
or pierce his jaw with a hook?r
or speak softly to you?
so that you can take him as a slave forever?s
or put him on a leashH for your girls?
or divide him among the merchants?
or his head with fishing spears?
8 Lay aI hand on him.
You will remember the battle
and never repeat it!
Does a person not collapse at the very sight of him?
10 No one is ferocious enough to rouse Leviathan;t
who then can stand against me?
Everything under heaven belongs to me.a
his power, and his graceful proportions.
14 Who can open his jaws,B
surrounded by those terrifying teeth?
closely sealed together.
16 One scale is so close to anotherC
that no air can pass between them.
so closely connectedD they cannot be separated.
18 His snortingE flashes with light,
while his eyes are like the raysF of dawn.
fiery sparks fly out!
20 Smoke billows from his nostrilsc
as from a boiling pot or burning reeds.
and flames pour out of his mouth.
and dismay dances before him.
solid as metalG and immovable.
as hard as a lower millstone!
25 When Leviathan rises, the mightyH are terrified;
they withdraw because of his thrashing.
nor will a spear, dart, or arrow.
and bronze as rotten wood.
slingstones become like stubble to him.
and he laughsd at the sound of a javelin.
spreading the mud like a threshing sledge.e
he makes the sea like an ointment jar.
Lit swaddling clothes
Lit I broke my statute on it
Lit Their light
Lit born; the number of your days is great
Or where lightning is distributed
Lit no man in it
Lit water hides itself as the stone
Or Mazzaroth; Hb obscure
Or lead Aldebaran
Lit lift up your voice to
Lit months they fulfill
Or they send away their labor pains
Lit return to them
Lit he goes out to meet the weaponry
Lit He swallows the ground
Lit he says, “Aha!”
Lit God respond to it
Lit wicked in their place
Lit together; bind their faces in the hidden place
Lit plants, in the hiding place
Lit capture it in its eyes
Lit or bind him
Lit open the doors of his face
Lit One by one they approach
Lit another; they cling together and
Lit together, hard on him
Or the divine beings