2 “Who is this that obscures my plansy
with words without knowledge?z
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.a
4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?b
Tell me, if you understand.c
5 Who marked off its dimensions?d Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring linee across it?
6 On what were its footings set,f
or who laid its cornerstoneg—
8 “Who shut up the sea behind doorsl
when it burst forth from the womb,m
and wrapped it in thick darkness,n
10 when I fixed limits for ito
and set its doors and bars in place,p
11 when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther;q
here is where your proud waves halt’?r
12 “Have you ever given orders to the morning,s
or shown the dawn its place,t
14 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal;w
its features stand out like those of a garment.
15 The wicked are denied their light,x
and their upraised arm is broken.y
or walked in the recesses of the deep?z
17 Have the gates of deatha been shown to you?
Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?b
18 Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?c
Tell me, if you know all this.d
And where does darkness reside?e
Do you know the pathsf to their dwellings?
21 Surely you know, for you were already born!g
You have lived so many years!
22 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snowh
23 which I reserve for times of trouble,k
for days of war and battle?l
24 What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed,m
and a path for the thunderstorm,p
26 to waterq a land where no one lives,
an uninhabited desert,r
and make it sprout with grass?s
28 Does the rain have a father?t
Who fathers the drops of dew?
Who gives birth to the frost from the heavensu
when the surface of the deep is frozen?v
31 “Can you bind the chainsb of the Pleiades?
Can you loosen Orion’s belt?w
Can you set up God’se dominion over the earth?
and cover yourself with a flood of water?b
35 Do you send the lightning bolts on their way?c
Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’?
38 when the dust becomes hardh
and the clods of earth stick together?i
and satisfy the hunger of the lionsj
40 when they crouch in their densk
or lie in wait in a thicket?l
when its young cry out to God
and wander about for lack of food?o
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