Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind:
with such ignorant words?
because I have some questions for you,
and you must answer them.
Tell me, if you know so much.
and stretched out the surveying line?
and who laid its cornerstone
and all the angels* shouted for joy?
as it burst from the womb,
and wrapped it in thick darkness?
limiting its shores.
Here your proud waves must stop!’
and caused the dawn to rise in the east?
to bring an end to the night’s wickedness?
the earth takes shape like clay pressed beneath a seal;
it is robed in brilliant colors.*
and stops the arm that is raised in violence.
Have you explored their depths?
Have you seen the gates of utter gloom?
Tell me about it if you know!
and where does darkness go?
Do you know how to get there?
For you were born before it was all created,
and you are so very experienced!
or seen the storehouses of hail?
for the day of battle and war.)
Where is the home of the east wind?
Who laid out the path for the lightning?
in a desert where no one lives?
and make the tender grass spring up?
Who gives birth to the dew?
Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens?
and the surface of the water freezes.
binding the cluster of the Pleiades
or loosening the cords of Orion?
or guide the Bear with her cubs across the heavens?
Can you use them to regulate the earth?
and make it rain?
and cause it to strike as you direct?
and instinct to the mind?
Who can tilt the water jars of heaven
and the soil has hardened into clods?
and satisfy the young lions’ appetites
or crouch in the thicket?
when their young cry out to God
and wander about in hunger?