Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind.a He said:
Who is this who obscures [My] counsel with ignorant words?b3
Get ready to answer Me like a man; when I question you, you will inform Me.c4
Where were you when I establishedd the earth? Tell [Me], if you havee understanding.
Who fixed its dimensions? Certainly you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?
What supports its foundations? Or who laid its cornerstone
while the morning stars sang together and all the sons of Godf shouted for joy?
Who enclosed the sea behind doors when it burst from the womb,
when I made the clouds its garment and thick darkness its blanket,gh10
when I determined its boundariesi and put [its] bars and doors in place,
when I declared: "You may come this far, but no farther; your proud waves stop here"?
Have you ever in your life commanded the morning or assigned the dawn its place,
so it may seize the edges of the earth and shake the wicked out of it?
The earth is changed as clay is by a seal; [its hills] stand out like [the folds of] a garment.
Lightj is withheld from the wicked, and the arm raised [in violence] is broken.
Have you traveled to the sources of the sea or walked in the depths of the oceans?
Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Have you seen the gates of death's shadow?k18
Have you comprehended the extent of the earth? Tell [Me], if you know all this.
Where is the road to the home of light? [Do you know] where darkness lives,l20
so you can lead it back to its border? Are you familiar with the paths to its home?
Don't you know? You were already born;m you have lived so long!n22
Have you entered the [place] where the snow is stored? Or have you seen the storehouses of hail,o23
which I hold in reserve for times of trouble, for the day of warfare and battle?p24
What road leads to [the place] where light is dispersed?q [Where is the source of] the east wind that spreads across the earth?r25
Who cuts a channel for the flooding rains or clears the way for lightning,
to bring rain on an uninhabited land, [on] a desert with no human life,t27
to satisfy the parched wasteland and cause the grass to sprout?u28
Does the rain have a father? Who fathered the drops of dew?v29
Whose womb did the ice come from? Who gave birth to the frost of heavenw30
when water becomes as hard as stone,x and the surface of the watery depths is frozen?
Can you fasten the chains of the Pleiades or loosen the belt of Orion?
Can you bring out the constellationsy in their season and lead the Bearz and her cubs?aa33
Do you know the laws of heaven? Can you impose itsbb authority on earth?cc34
Can you commanddd the clouds so that a flood of water covers you?ee35
Can you send out lightning bolts, and they go?ff Do they report to you: "Here we are"?
Who put wisdom in the heartgg or gave the mind understanding?hh37
Who has the wisdom to number the clouds? Or who can tilt the water jars of heaven
when the dust hardens like cast metalii and the clods [of dirt] stick together?
Can you hunt prey for a lioness or satisfy the appetite of young lions
when they crouch in their dens and lie in wait within their lairs?jj41
Who provides the raven's foodkk when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food?