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The New King James Version

Job 38:1–41

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The Lord Reveals His Omnipotence to Job

38 Then the Lord answered Job aout of the whirlwind, and said:

2 “Who bis this who darkens counsel

By cwords without knowledge?

3 dNow 1prepare yourself like a man;

I will question you, and you shall answer Me.

4 “Where ewere you when I laid the foundations of the earth?

Tell Me, if you have understanding.

5 Who determined its measurements?

Surely you know!

Or who stretched the 2line upon it?

6 To what were its foundations fastened?

Or who laid its cornerstone,

7 When the morning stars sang together,

And all fthe sons of God shouted for joy?

8 “Or gwho shut in the sea with doors,

When it burst forth and issued from the womb;

9 When I made the clouds its garment,

And thick darkness its swaddling band;

10 When hI fixed My limit for it,

And set bars and doors;

11 When I said,

‘This far you may come, but no farther,

And here your proud waves imust stop!’

12 “Have you jcommanded the morning since your days began,

And caused the dawn to know its place,

13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth,

And kthe wicked be shaken out of it?

14 It takes on form like clay under a seal,

And stands out like a garment.

15 From the wicked their llight is withheld,

And mthe 3upraised arm is broken.

16 “Have you nentered the springs of the sea?

Or have you walked in search of the depths?

17 Have othe gates of death been 4revealed to you?

Or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death?

18 Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth?

Tell Me, if you know all this.

19 “Where is the way to the dwelling of light?

And darkness, where is its place,

20 That you may take it to its territory,

That you may know the paths to its home?

21 Do you know it, because you were born then,

Or because the number of your days is great?

22 “Have you entered pthe treasury of snow,

Or have you seen the treasury of hail,

23 qWhich I have reserved for the time of trouble,

For the day of battle and war?

24 By what way is light 5diffused,

Or the east wind scattered over the earth?

25 “Who rhas divided a channel for the overflowing water,

Or a path for the thunderbolt,

26 To cause it to rain on a land where there is no one,

A wilderness in which there is no man;

27 sTo satisfy the desolate waste,

And cause to spring forth the growth of tender grass?

28 tHas the rain a father?

Or who has begotten the drops of dew?

29 From whose womb comes the ice?

And the ufrost of heaven, who gives it birth?

30 The waters harden like stone,

And the surface of the deep is vfrozen. 6

31 “Can you bind the cluster of the wPleiades, 7

Or loose the belt of Orion?

32 Can you bring out 8Mazzaroth in its season?

Or can you guide 9the Great Bear with its cubs?

33 Do you know xthe ordinances of the heavens?

Can you set their dominion over the earth?

34 “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,

That an abundance of water may cover you?

35 Can you send out lightnings, that they may go,

And say to you, ‘Here we are!’?

36 yWho has put wisdom in 1the mind?

Or who has given understanding to the heart?

37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom?

Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven,

38 When the dust hardens in clumps,

And the clods cling together?

39 “Can zyou hunt the prey for the lion,

Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,

40 When they crouch in their dens,

Or lurk in their lairs to lie in wait?

41 aWho provides food for the raven,

When its young ones cry to God,

And wander about for lack of food?

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