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Job 38 NIV

The LORD Speaks

1 Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:

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2 “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge?

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3 Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.

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4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.

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      5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?

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      6 On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone—

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      7 while the morning stars sang together and all the angelsa shouted for joy?

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        • ¥ 38:7 - Hebrew "the sons of God"
          8 “Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb,

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          9 when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness,

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          10 when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place,

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          11 when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt’?

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          12 “Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place,

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          13 that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it?

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          14 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features stand out like those of a garment.

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          15 The wicked are denied their light, and their upraised arm is broken.

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          16 “Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?

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          17 Have the gates of death been shown to you? Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?

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          18 Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth? Tell me, if you know all this.

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          19 “What is the way to the abode of light? And where does darkness reside?

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          20 Can you take them to their places? Do you know the paths to their dwellings?

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          21 Surely you know, for you were already born! You have lived so many years!

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          22 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail,

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          23 which I reserve for times of trouble, for days of war and battle?

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          24 What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed, or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?

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          25 Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm,

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          26 to water a land where no one lives, an uninhabited desert,

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          27 to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass?

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          28 Does the rain have a father? Who fathers the drops of dew?

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          29 From whose womb comes the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens

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          30 when the waters become hard as stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen?

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          31 “Can you bind the chainsb of the Pleiades? Can you loosen Orion’s belt?

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            • ¦ 38:31 - Septuagint; Hebrew "beauty"
              32 Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasonscor lead out the Beard with its cubs?

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                • § 38:32 - Or "the morning star in its season"
                • ¨ 38:32 - Or "out Leo"
                  33 Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set up God’se dominion over the earth?

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                  34 “Can you raise your voice to the clouds and cover yourself with a flood of water?

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                  35 Do you send the lightning bolts on their way? Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’?

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                  36 Who gives the ibis wisdomfor gives the rooster understanding?g

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                    • ª 38:36 - That is, wisdom about the flooding of the Nile
                    • « 38:36 - That is, understanding of when to crow; the meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.
                      37 Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens

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                      38 when the dust becomes hard and the clods of earth stick together?

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                      39 “Do you hunt the prey for the lioness and satisfy the hunger of the lions

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                      40 when they crouch in their dens or lie in wait in a thicket?

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                      41 Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food?

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                      • a 38:7 - Hebrew "the sons of God"
                      • b 38:31 - Septuagint; Hebrew "beauty"
                      • c 38:32 - Or "the morning star in its season"
                      • d 38:32 - Or "out Leo"
                      • e 38:33 - Or "their"
                      • f 38:36 - That is, wisdom about the flooding of the Nile
                      • g 38:36 - That is, understanding of when to crow; the meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.