Job 38:1-18 (New International Version)

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The LORD Speaks

1 Then the LORD answered Job1 out of the storm.2 He said: 2 "Who is this that darkens my counsel3 with words without knowledge?4 3 Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me.5 4 "Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation?6 Tell me, if you understand.7 5 Who marked off its dimensions?8 Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line9 across it? 6 On what were its footings set,10 or who laid its cornerstone11-- 7 while the morning stars12 sang together13 and all the angelsa14 shouted for joy?15 8 "Who shut up the sea behind doors16 when it burst forth from the womb,17 9 when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness,18 10 when I fixed limits for it19 and set its doors and bars in place,20 11 when I said, 'This far you may come and no farther;21 here is where your proud waves halt'?22 12 "Have you ever given orders to the morning,23 or shown the dawn its place,24 13 that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked25 out of it?26 14 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal;27 its features stand out like those of a garment. 15 The wicked are denied their light,28 and their upraised arm is broken.29 16 "Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?30 17 Have the gates of death31 been shown to you? Have you seen the gates of the shadow of deathb ?32 18 Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?33 Tell me, if you know all this.34
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