(Cp Gen 1:1–10)
38 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:
I will question you, and you shall declare to me.
Tell me, if you have understanding.
Or who stretched the line upon it?
or who laid its cornerstone
and all the heavenly beingsa shouted for joy?
when it burst out from the womb?—
and thick darkness its swaddling band,
and set bars and doors,
and here shall your proud waves be stopped’?
and caused the dawn to know its place,
and the wicked be shaken out of it?
and it is dyedb like a garment.
and their uplifted arm is broken.
or walked in the recesses of the deep?
or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
Declare, if you know all this.
and where is the place of darkness,
and that you may discern the paths to its home?
and the number of your days is great!
or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
for the day of battle and war?
or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?
and a way for the thunderbolt,
on the desert, which is empty of human life,
and to make the ground put forth grass?
or who has begotten the drops of dew?
and who has given birth to the hoarfrost of heaven?
and the face of the deep is frozen.
or loose the cords of Orion?
or can you guide the Bear with its children?
Can you establish their rule on the earth?
so that a flood of waters may cover you?
and say to you, ‘Here we are’?
36 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts,c
or given understanding to the mind?d
Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens,
and the clods cling together?
or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
or lie in wait in their covert?
when its young ones cry to God,
and wander about for lack of food?
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