"Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation?1 Tell me, if you understand.25
Who marked off its dimensions?3 Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line4 across it?
On what were its footings set,5 or who laid its cornerstone6--
while the morning stars7 sang together8 and all the angelsa9 shouted for joy?108
"Who shut up the sea behind doors11 when it burst forth from the womb,129
when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness,1310
when I fixed limits for it14 and set its doors and bars in place,1511
when I said, 'This far you may come and no farther;16 here is where your proud waves halt'?17